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US: Mediator to be called in for American, US Airways, DOJ spat

 |  October 29, 2013

All sides of a lawsuit launched by the US Department of Justice against the proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways have reportedly agreed to have a mediator potentially resolve the dispute, according to reports.

A filing made in federal court on Monday said the parties agreed to such a mediator, which was “suggested by the court,” though documents did not disclose further information.

Such an appointment would not be out of the ordinary, according to one expert, former DOJ antitrust trial attorney Seth Bloom. Mediators are not unusual to help resolve complex civil lawsuits.

As the trial is set to begin opening arguments next month, the DOJ is looking to block the airlines’ deal, which would result in the world’s largest airline.

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