American and US Airways seek more info from Justice

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American Airlines and US Airways are seeking the identities of the people that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) spoke to ahead of its challenge to their proposed merger.

The carriers filed a motion to compel for the third-party identities as part of the evidence discovery process ahead of a trial in front of judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on 24 September. The trial is scheduled to begin 25 November.

The DOJ cites various confidentiality privileges, including attorney-client and law enforcement investigative privilege, in its objection to the request that was filed with the court.

American and US Airways requested the factual records behind the government agency’s approvals of the Southwest Airlines-AirTran Airways, United Airlines-Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines-Northwest Airlines and US Airways-America West Airlines mergers with the court on 20 September.

The airlines agreed to postpone the deadline for the proposed deal to at least 18 January 2014, on 23 September. The merger agreement was previously scheduled to expire on 17 December.

The DOJ challenged the merger in court on 13 August.