Lawyers against AT&T-T-Mobile merger create Fightthemerger.com site

The proposed merger of the AT&T and T-Mobile wireless carriers has generated lots of comments both for and against. Today the Bursor and Fisher law firm launched a web site called FightTheMerger.com that's designed to get people who are against these two companies getting together to sign up for a class action lawsuit. The lawyers are claiming that if successful, people who are AT&T customers that are a part of the lawsuit might be able to get a $10,000 payment from AT&T.

The web site gives some familiar reasons why the law firm is against the merger, saying that the combo of AT&T and T-Mobile will give AT&T and its biggest rival Verizon control of 80 percent of the wireless market in the US. It states such a situation will , " ... stifle the competitive market forces that would otherwise help to keep prices down, and would stifle new products and innovation." It adds, "AT&T's claim that the takeover will help improve network quality makes no sense. T-Mobile's network overlaps almost entirely AT&T's. And AT&T already has more spectrum than any other company. In most areas, AT&T already holds at least 40 MHz of spectrum it is not even using. AT&T is keeping that spectrum off the market, which prevents competitors from using it to provide better service at lower prices."

So where does the $10,000 come from? The web site states, "Section 2.2 of AT&T's Wireless Customer Agreement includes an Arbitration Agreement that provides for a $10,000 payment to customers who prevail at arbitration, in certain circumstances."

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Technically, i think everyone who owns a cellphone should be able to participate as the *whole point* here is that this merger would hurt the whole industry. I don't understand the payout though, because no damage has been done yet.

Why would AT&T customers get a payout?! T-Mobile is the one potentially getting absorbed by a ****ty carrier. Where's my retribution as a T-Mob customer if this thing goes through?!

Also if it doesnt go through, as I understand it, AT&T still pays t-mob like $1 billion. Does any of that reach the customers?

US mobile industry is so messed up compared to rest of the world i doubt it really matters since most the time they have dodgey practises and pricing anyway so what exactly is this trying to achieve other then pointless fame for 15 minutes...

Is this a US only thing? T-Mobile joined with orange over here in the UK... and it was a very good move.. we get more places our phones work now, and also they didn't change our price plans and we don't get charged any more for using the over network..

If I recall, not too long ago T-Mobile USA was complaining about their distinct lack of money. So either T-Mobile dies out now in a merger with AT&T or it dies out later in bankruptcy. Either way you still end up with two players controlling 80% of the market.

SharpGreen said,
If I recall, not too long ago T-Mobile USA was complaining about their distinct lack of money. So either T-Mobile dies out now in a merger with AT&T or it dies out later in bankruptcy. Either way you still end up with two players controlling 80% of the market.

For a company that is supposedly short of money T-Mobile keeps expanding their "4G" network every few weeks. Looks to me that are doing well and only started this whole "short money" bit after the merger was announced.

able to get a $10,000 payment from AT&T.

The web site gives some familiar reasons why the law firm is against the merger, saying that the combo of AT&T and T-Mobile will give AT&T and its biggest rival Verizon control of 80 percent of the wireless market in the US. It states such a situation will , " ... stifle the competitive market forces that would otherwise help to keep prices down, and would stifle new products and innovation."
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Those laws have been forgotten A LONG LONG LONG time ago.

Unregulated monopoly and oligopoly are now perfectly legal in north america and companies can be as uncompetive as they want.

I already fired off a nasty-gram to those shysters. I'm sick of lawyers creating an issue where none exists, getting a lot of ignorant people to sign on to something as stupid as this....all just to make an illegitimate dollar. Shysters, the whole lot of them. I find that reputable lawyers are the exception, rather than the rule. This is sickening. I WANT the merger.

ScubaDog said,
I already fired off a nasty-gram to those shysters. I'm sick of lawyers creating an issue where none exists, getting a lot of ignorant people to sign on to something as stupid as this....all just to make an illegitimate dollar. Shysters, the whole lot of them. I find that reputable lawyers are the exception, rather than the rule. This is sickening. I WANT the merger.

So no competition, high price, forcing customers into making choices that they don't want (now that T-mobile is gone, less choice will be available) are a non-issue. Wow, you really are an idiot.

XIII said,

So no competition, high price, forcing customers into making choices that they don't want (now that T-mobile is gone, less choice will be available) are a non-issue. Wow, you really are an idiot.

There still is the competition of Verizon and Sprint

Also, they are not forcing you to pay for it. You do not need to have a cell phone. If they see that a mass of customers leave after increasing their prices, they will have to lower them.

Draje said,

There still is the competition of Verizon and Sprint

Also, they are not forcing you to pay for it. You do not need to have a cell phone. If they see that a mass of customers leave after increasing their prices, they will have to lower them.


It's kinda like saying that you don't need to eat to boycott the increase in food prices. Cell phone is a necessity these days. While you should you give up your own convenience so that somebody can make a quick buck ? Because of idiots like you, American corporates are pushing the customers more and more.

Draje said,

There still is the competition of Verizon and Sprint

3 companies, one having a small market share. Wow talk about a competitive market ... oil market looks competitive in front of this ...

XIII said,

It's kinda like saying that you don't need to eat to boycott the increase in food prices. Cell phone is a necessity these days. While you should you give up your own convenience so that somebody can make a quick buck ? Because of idiots like you, American corporates are pushing the customers more and more.

It is ignorant to imply that everyone needs a cell phone. They won't be making a quick buck if people stop using their service.

People forget that they have the power to decide whether they want to purchase something or not (though this excludes things mandates by the government such as taxes). Advertising may make things more appealing, but it does not force anything.

Melfster said,
I hope this merger doesn't go through. I can't imagine service getting better with only two carriers.

Yeah, I agree. And though it would initially be 3 (Don't forget Sprint), I'm sure Sprint wouldn't be long for this world...

I just can't imagine the government approving this. I've never seen a merger that would upset the market this badly. It would kill competition, create a monopoly and severely hurt customers... It would be nothing but bad news for everybody.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
Damnnn, that is one sketch site right there! lol

Well, here's a question- I asked a T-Mobile employee about the merger, and they said that they've already been offered severance packages. So can they get their $10,000 severance package and also file for arbitration package after the merger goes through too, or do they have to wait for the union to approve the severance packages before getting their slice of the AT&T Pie?