Washington — A high-stakes decision in a US court on Tuesday will be significant for the future of Big Media, Big Tech, and big business in general. A US federal judge is set to announce his verdict in the $85bn merger of wireless and broadband giant AT&T with media-entertainment conglomerate Time Warner. In the most high-profile anti-trust case in decades, the ruling is likely to set a benchmark for whether other mega-deals, especially in the media and communications sectors, can proceed or will face heightened antitrust scrutiny. Judge Richard Leon has scheduled a hearing for 7pm GMT to announce his decision, which may come at the same time as a written opinion following a seven-week bench trial. A number of consumer groups have backed the Trump administration’s decision to sue to block the deal, on the assumption that combining the largest pay TV operator with a major media-entertainment player would diminish competition and lead to higher prices. Other analysts maintain that bec...

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