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Disney backs Fox's request for more data protection in antitrust trial

The government sued last month to block the $85.4 billion acquisition


Disney is about to become the 'Walmart of Hollywood'

joined Twenty-First Century Fox on Wednesday in asking the judge hearing AT&T’s antitrust case to strengthen an order aimed at keeping its data private if it is used at trial next year. Disney and Fox have given data to the Justice Department that is being used to build a case against AT&T’s bid to buy The say they fear that executives with AT&T, which owns provider DirecTV, could inadvertently gain access to it during the trial. The government sued last month to block the $85.4 billion acquisition, saying the deal could lead to higher prices for rivals and pay-TV subscribers while hampering the development of The trial is set to begin on March 19. “The complex and competitive business relationships between Fox and defendants that make Fox wary of disclosing sensitive information in this lawsuit are nearly identical to those between TWDC (the Walt Disney) and defendants,” Disney said in its request. Disney licenses its content to cable television and competes with in creating content.

Judge Richard Leon, who is hearing the case at the for the District of Columbia, had given access to confidential information to the court, Justice Department lawyers and staff, service providers and and Time Warner’s outside counsel. Disney said that it was making the same request made previously by Fox.

First Published: Fri, December 22 2017. 03:37 IST