A judge has ruled that Sprint Nextel cannot have access to AT&T documents that the US number three operator wanted to use in its lawsuit opposing the proposed US$39 billion merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA, reports Reuters. AT&T argued that as a competitor rather than a consumer, Sprint has no right to bring the suit under antitrust law. US District Judge Ellen Huvelle, who is also presiding of the US Justice Department’s lawsuit opposing the merger, said Sprint doesn’t “stand in the shoes of the consumer or the Department of Justice."