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  •  Do I have to like auto mechanics to use one? (0+ / 0-)

    Now that's a silly point. My experience with lawyers is that they'll usually work as hard as you're able and willing to pay them, and otherwise give a rat's ass whether you win or lose or go bankrupt in the process. Most are not good people IMO, but exploiting their power to make money.

    In any case, this is not a legal venue and we're not discussing the legal aspects of how this will go down, but the political and economic aspects, which while obviously having to be mindful of the legal aspects, at least formally, are what will actually determine what happens. You know that, and I don't know why you continue to claim otherwise unless you have a stake in this matter.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 08:49:42 AM PST

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    •  Okay. (0+ / 0-)

      on what basis other than the FCC, Sherman, and Clayton Acts are the FCC and DOJ supposed to review the merger?  It's simply not possible to throw out years of precedent that inform their decision and would be relied on by the merging entities if it went to court.  

      You made a certain claim about what approval would "mean," in political terms, and I'm challenging your basis for that.  I don't share your view on the conclusions you draw from facts you don't yet know, and claiming I have a "stake" in the matter because I don't agree with your approach is exactly why  you have a toxic approach.  Your only move seems to be the ad hominem, and i count three so far.  (Simplest answer for responding: you keep  not disengaging.  More complex answer: nothing you've said has made me change my mind.)  

      What approval would mean, to me, is that regulatory agencies looked at this from the basis that very few consumers would have choice of cable provider effected and therefore would not see retail price increases and questions about consumer access may prove to be too speculative to sustain a preliminary injunction, which is the vehicle to block the merger.  As i said, i think the merger would be approved, with conditions, including possibility a consent decree implementing net neutrality.  If that happens, it'd be reasonable, but I don't work for either of these companies, because as I said, I am a plaintiffs lawyer.   If i were a comcast shareholder, i'd probably prefer a dividend to buying a company with a reputation for even worse service.  

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 09:14:57 AM PST

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