A federal judge has postponed a much anticipated Wednesday meeting with AT&T and T-Mobile and the Justice Department to early next month, citing a scheduling conflict.

Judge Ellen Huvelle, of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, said she will meet with the companies, which are trying to seal a merger deal, and the Justice Department at 10 a.m. Dec. 9 to get an update on the status of the case.

Huvelle didn’t provide details on the scheduling conflict.

The Justice Department’s suit against a merger proposal of AT&T and T-Mobile has drawn greater attention after a decision by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission last week to send the merger application to an administrative judge. The move would make it nearly impossible for AT&T and T-Mobile to complete their deal by their target date of September 2012.

In December meeting, Huvelle may inquire about the status of AT&T’s request to remove it merger application at the FCC.

Justice’s case against the merger goes to trial in February.


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