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AT&T Defends Time Warner Deal’s Cost Savings from U.S. Assault

April 23, 2018, 8:14 PM

AT&T Inc. attacked the U.S. government expert who disputes the company’s claim that its takeover of Time Warner Inc. would lead to $2.5 billion in cost savings.

Rob Walters, a lawyer for AT&T, tried April 23 to undermine the Justice Department’s expert, Ronald Quintero, saying he ignored AT&T’s history of successfully integrating companies and achieving projected savings. Walters also said that in a separate case in which he testified as an expert, Quintero’s testimony was “utterly discredited” by a judge.

“I’ve never heard that until just now,” Quintero responded.

The dispute about the synergies in the Time Warner deal takes ...