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New York drops its merger lawsuit against T-Mobile and Sprint

The win-win for all states agreeing to the deal appears to be new jobs

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Now that the T-Mobile/Sprint merger has been approved, New York Attorney General Letitia James has dropped the state’s case against the merger once and for all, including any threat of an appeal.

However, the 12 other states that stood shoulder-to-shoulder with New York have yet to decide what their next step will be.

Reuters reports that the attorneys general from California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts are weighing out their options; Michigan’s attorney general said it was not in a position to comment; and, as of Sunday, representatives from the other states and the District of Columbia had not replied to requests for comment.

The promise of more jobs made a difference

Colorado and Mississippi had already dropped their lawsuits regarding the merger in order to focus on the additional jobs they were promised as part of the merger. And it looks like the same promise may have also been a deal maker for New York.

“We are gratified that this process has yielded commitments from T-Mobile to create jobs in Rochester and engage in robust national diversity initiatives that will connect our communities with good jobs and technology,” James said in a statement.

“We hope to work with all the parties to ensure that consumers get the best pricing and service possible, that networks are built out throughout our state, and that good-paying jobs are created here in New York.”

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