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AT&T Staffs Up For Legal Battle Over Merger

AT&T has already dropped some significant cash in its effort to gain approval for its merger with T-Mobile, and documents filed recently at the Federal Communications Commission indicate it plans to spend even more.

According to a confidentiality agreement filed at the FCC, AT&T has hired at least 71 legal experts and consultants to help with the merger process. That number includes in-house counsel as well and lawyers and consultants from a range of outside firms.

AT&T is seeking approval from the FCC as well as the Department of Justice. The telecom giant announced in March that it plans to buy rival T-Mobile for $39 billion.

Among the firms that AT&T has hired are Arnold & Porter, Crowell & Moring, Sidley Austin, WilmerHale, the Brattle Group, and Compass Lexecon.

On the lobbying side, AT&T has also been on a hiring spree, tapping lobbyists at firms such as Peck, Madigan, Jones, & Stewart, Roberti Associates, and Capitol City Group, among others. AT&T reported spending $6.8 million on all its lobbying efforts in the first quarter of 2011.

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