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DOJ Anti-Trust Division Looking to Appeal Decision, Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

July 11th, 2018

CNNmoney7.11.2018ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsDepending on who you ask in MHVille, the AT&T/Time Warner deal ruling either has little meaning for manufactured housing companies, or it may have real significance. What is now being revealed, is that the Trump Administration DOJ is considering an appeal.  That will be our focus for this evening.


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  •  Solicitor general balking at DOJ plan to appeal AT&T-Time Warner deal
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Depending on who you ask in MHVille, the AT&T/Time Warner deal ruling either has little meaning for manufactured housing companies, or it may have real significance. What is now being revealed, is that the Trump Administration DOJ is considering an appeal.  That will be our focus for this evening.


Obvious disclosure, we are not attorneys nor are we the even more specialized class of lawyers and legal scholars who work on anti-trust related issues.

That said, in recent years, as MHProNews has covered periodically, concerns about Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton Homes, and allegations of monopolistic practices have been brewing.  The Seattle Time revealed what MHProNews readers already knew, namely, that federal officials are looking at several issues that involve Clayton and their lending related units, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance (VMF), and 21st Mortgage Corp. (21st).

As an FYI, there is an unrelated story about 21st and their lending that is brewing, which we plan to bring in the days ahead as the details become more clear.

Against that backdrop, the word that there is a battle within DOJ to appeal the AT&T case loss is noteworthy.  Fox Business’ Charlie Gasparino comments on the developments in this video. That said, the DOJ antitrust division is looking to appeal AT&T-Time Warner ruling, reports Charlie Gasparino.



Antitrust officials in the Justice Department (DOJ) have privately decided to appeal a federal judge’s approval of AT&T’s planned $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, but are facing resistance from the most important player in the process, the office of the U.S. Solicitor General.


The Fox Business Network has learned from people close to the DOJ’s antitrust division that an appeal of the landmark ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon is all but a certainty if Solicitor General Noel Francisco approves the action.

But that approval, which is being sought by antitrust chief Makan Delrahim, faces resistance from the Solicitor General’s office, which must approve any appeal made by the DOJ either in federal courts or the Supreme Court, these people said.

The view in the Solicitor General’s office is that the government has limited capabilities of successful appeals and you don’t want to squander those on cases that are borderline,” said one government official who spoke on condition of anonymity,” said the Fox report.

Gasparino makes it sound like the anti-trust attorneys involved believed their odds are good.

That said, whatever the decision in this particular case, it supports the notion that in the foreseeable future, more anti-trust cases may be heard.  Will Clayton, 21st, VMF and Berkshire Hathaway be among them?  Or what about Amazon, Facebook and Google’s parent company, Alphabet?

Time will tell, stay tuned.

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Bloomberg Closing Ticker for MHProNews…

NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services.

NOTE: The chart below covers a number of stocks NOT reflected in the Yahoo MHCV, shown above.

NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).


Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.

LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI and LP all supply manufactured housing.

AMG, CG and TAVFX have investments in manufactured housing related businesses.

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