On January 8, 1982, Assistant Attorney General William F. Baxter and Charles L. Brown, chairman of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T or Bell), jointly announced settlement of the government's 1974 antitrust suit against AT&T and its affiliates. The settlement, as approved by Judge Harold Greene, required AT&T to divest its local Bell operating companies and satisfied virtually all of the demands for structural relief made at trial by the Department of Justice (DOJ or Department). The Department has thus achieved its litigation objectives without a judicial decision on the merits of its case.

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