CNN quotes Jeffrey Blumenfeld in an article noting that the outcome of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) appeal of the lower court’s decision permitting AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner will depend on the views of the judges on the panel. The DOJ will have a more difficult time winning if the judges are skeptical of government intervention in business matters, which is often the case with more conservative judges Blumenfeld states, but may find a court more sympathetic to its arguments against the merger if the judges on the panel are less skeptical of such intervention.