Judge sets Aug. 1 trial date in U.S. challenge to book publisher tie-up

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Penguin books are seen in a used bookshop in central London October 29, 2012. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

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WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday set an Aug. 1 trial date in the U.S. Justice Department antitrust lawsuit that seeks to block Penguin Random House from buying competitor Simon & Schuster.

Earlier this week, the companies asked U.S. District Judge Florence Pan to reject the suit. German media group Bertelsmann (BTGGg.F), which owns Penguin Random House, the world's biggest book publisher, last year agreed to pay $2.175 billion to buy Simon and Schuster from ViacomCBS (VIAC.O).

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Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Mark Porter

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