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US: Confidence high among AA, US Airways despite lawsuit setback

 |  October 15, 2013

American Airlines and US Airways, currently being sued by the US Department of Justice over their proposed merger, say they remain confident they can win the case despite a rejection of the airlines’ request to obtain information about how the DOJ handled previous mergers in the industry.

Reports say American and US Airways were seeking information to understand how the DOJ could clear four previous buyouts in the airline sector before American and US Airways announced plans to merge. The defendants are questioning whether the DOJ may be judging their merger based on different standards than the previous deals.

In response, the DOJ issued a court filing declaring that past merger cases were “irrelevant” to the case at hand. The airlines’ request for the information was denied.

Despite the setback, the airlines told reporters earlier this week that they remain confident they can beat the DOJ. The trial is scheduled to begin November 25.

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