Judge Sets March 19 as Start Date for AT&T-Time Warner Antitrust Trial

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WASHINGTON—The judge presiding over the Justice Department’s antitrust challenge to the AT&T Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Inc. has set March 19 start date for the trial, warning the two companies he cannot reach a decision by the time their merger agreement expires on April 22.

“It’s just not realistic to be done on the 22nd,” U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said Thursday during a first preliminary court hearing.

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