We've seen a number of high-profile figures both in the wireless industry and in the government come forward and oppose AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile over the past few months, but now it seems that a group of AT&T customers are joining the fight against the deal. A law firm based in New York recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of 11 AT&T subscribers, claiming that AT&T's buyout of T-Mobile would violate the Clayton Antitrust Act. AT&T's contract terms prevent consumers from bringing class-action suits against it, but it does allow for customer disputes to be brought up for arbitration, which the customers' lawyers feel can help them win. Scott Bursor, one of the attorneys involved in the case, issued the following statement concerning the suit:
“Government enforcement is an important part of the antitrust laws, but the Clayton Act also permits private parties who may be adversely affected to challenge a proposed merger. That means any AT&T cellphone, data or iPad customer who will suffer higher prices and diminished service because of this merger can sue to stop it from happening.”
The AT&T customers at the heart of the suit have set up a website dedicated to their cause, called "Fight the Merger," which you can find right here. Meanwhile, AT&T is still fairly confident that the acquisition is going to slide through the FCC and Department of Justice, saying yesterday that the buyout is still on track to be approved by the first quarter of next year. Whether or not that'll actually happen remains to be seen, but if it does get the stamp of approval it certainly won't be for lack of trying from the deal's opposition.