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AT&T must face lawsuit by MediaOne executives
From Bloomberg News
Los Angeles Times
Friday, December 22, 2006

AT&T Inc., the largest U.S. telephone company, must face a lawsuit by former MediaOne Group Inc. executives who say a buyout reduced the value of their stock options, a judge ruled.

The executives, including ex-MediaOne Chief Executive Charles Lillis, can go to trial to press claims that they lost millions in the fallout from AT&T Corp.'s 2000 takeover of the cable company, Delaware Chancery Court Judge Stephen Lamb ruled.

SBC Communications Inc. acquired AT&T Corp. in 2005 for $16 billion and renamed itself AT&T Inc.

The decision comes as AT&T pushes for regulatory approval of its $83-billion purchase of BellSouth Corp.  The move would increase AT&T's local service area and give the company full ownership of Cingular Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile phone carrier.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin said a vote on the deal was unlikely before the end of the year.,1,3157151.story?coll=la-headlines-business