WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An criminal knowledgeable for the snarl attorneys general who filed a lawsuit in hopes of forestalling T-Mobile’s $26 billion merger with Speed told the think on Monday that an Oct. 7 trial would perchance no longer be that you just’d also think.

FILE PHOTO: A smartphones with Speed logo are seen in front of a mask projection of T-mobile logo, on this characterize illustration taken April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

In a letter to Rob Victor Marrero on Monday, criminal knowledgeable Glenn Pomerantz talked about that in substitute for the expedited October 7 trial date, the states had been promised materials on a settlement between the Justice Department and the agencies by June 28. Since the government and corporations bask in no longer reached a settlement, those materials are no longer on hand.

“Plaintiff states engaged in discussions the day gone by with defendants concerning the true trial date and pre-trial time table and proceed to seek the recommendation of with defendants,” Pomerantz wrote in his letter.

Of their lawsuit, filed in June, snarl attorneys general argued that the deal would price customers extra than $4.5 billion yearly.

To select out over the Justice Department, which is no longer spicy in regards to the lawsuit, T-Mobile and Speed bask in agreed to a assortment of deal concessions, including promoting the prepaid price Boost.

The corporations are in talks to promote Boost to Dish but are haggling over points reminiscent of restrictions over who can lift the divested resources if they are sold within the long term, with T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE) in quest of to forestall them from going to a cable or technology firm.

T-Mobile is ready 63% owned by Deutsche Telekom.

The corporations told the courtroom in dreary June that they had been sharp to refrain from closing the deal unless after the snarl attorneys general case is completed.

Pomerantz, in a second letter dated Monday to at least one other courtroom legit, expressed doubt that any sort out the Justice Department would satisfy the states.

“Even though it’s a ways terribly no longer likely that any settlement between Defendants and USDOJ would perchance stop the anticompetitive injury that the proposed merger will snarl off, there is absolute confidence that the settlement would dramatically substitute the persona of the proof wanted for trial,” he wrote.

The 2 corporations bask in a July 29 time restrict to total the deal but are expected to expand it.

The corporations told the courtroom in dreary June that they had been sharp to refrain from closing the deal unless after the snarl attorneys general case is completed.

The Federal Communications Price’s chief has given his blessing to the merger in precept and is anticipated to circulate a proper insist within weeks.

Reporting by Diane Bartz; Enhancing by Sonya Hepinstall