US begins court battle against publishing giants’ merger

An outside view of the German media giant Bertelsmann in Guetersloh, Germany, is shown March 13, 2003. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

WASHINGTON — The government and publishing titan Penguin Random House exchanged opening salvos in a federal antitrust trial Monday as the U.S. seeks to block the biggest U.S. book publisher from absorbing rival Simon & Schuster. The case comes as a key test of the Biden administration’s antitrust policy.