Modification of Final Judgment
In United States telecommunication law, the Modification of Final Judgment (MFJ) is the August 1982 agreement approved by the court (consent decree) settling United States v. AT&T, a landmark antitrust suit, originally filed on January 14, 1949 and modifying the previous Final Judgment of January 24, 1956. Entered into between the United States Department of Justice and the American Telephone & Telegraph Company (AT&T), the MFJ, after modification and upon approval of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, required the Bell System divestiture of the Bell Operating Companies from AT&T. Judge Greene was the presiding judge for the case.
The exact term for the MFJ is given under the general definition of local access and transport area (LATA), a term used in U.S. telecommunications regulation for geographic areas in which local telephone companies are allowed to provide service, the term being used is "the Modification of Final Judgment (MFJ) entered by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in Civil Action number 82-0192 or any other geographic area designated as a Local access and transport area (LATA) in the National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc. Tariff FCC No. 4."