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Meet Makan Delrahim, the Antitrust Chief Heading Up AT&T-Time Warner Lawsuit

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The antitrust division he leads alleged that the vertical combination of AT ’s T 1.47% video distribution with Time Warner’s popular cable programming would give the merged firm the power to raise prices and hinder competitors and innovation.

The dispute has set the stage for a major court battle in Washington, the highest-profile antitrust case since the Justice Department sued Microsoft in 1998 on allegations of unlawful monopolization.

But asked about Mr. Stephenson’s comment that the lawsuit renders companies unable to know what activity they can engage in, Mr. Delrahim offered a one-word response: “Compete.”

Mr. Delrahim, 48 years old, and his family immigrated to the U.S. when he was 9, at the time of the Iranian revolution.

He spent his teenage years in California and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, and got his legal degree from the George Washington University Law School.

He spent five years as a staffer to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) on the Senate Judiciary Committee, working among other things on legislation that updated the federal law governing what transactions must be submitted for government antitrust review.

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