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After a federal judge last month threatened to withhold approval of an antitrust settlement that allowed Comcast to acquire its 51% stake in NBCU, DOJ is defending the alternative arbitration mechanism that has Judge Richard Leonconcerned. In a court filing Fri, DOJ said online video distributors could still opt to have arbitration overseen by the FCC instead of an outside arbitrator, Bloomberg reports. If he doesn’t sign off (a relatively unusual happening), it’s most likely that the DOJ would appeal to the full DC Circuit.

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