Trial Starts in Justice Department's Bid to Block Publishing Merger

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WASHINGTON—Trial proceedings kicked disconnected successful the Justice Department’s antitrust challenge to Penguin Random House’s planned acquisition of rival steadfast Simon & Schuster, a trial for the Biden administration’s efforts to bounds firm consolidation.

“This projected merger indispensable beryllium stopped,” Justice Department lawyer John Read said successful his opening connection Monday. “It would, successful the defendants’ ain words, cement Penguin Random House’s dominance.”

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