Court rejects DOJ request for American-US Airways trial delay

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A court has rejected the request by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to delay the scheduled trial in its challenge to the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways.

The pending merger agreement, American’s on-going bankruptcy proceedings as well as the future of employees at both companies are reasons that it is “essential” that the case move forward, writes US District Court for the District of Columbia judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in her decision today.

“Because of the need for the prompt resolution of this matter, the court has set an expedited discovery and trial schedule,” she writes. “A stay at this point would undermine this schedule and delay the necessary speedy disposition of this matter.”

The DOJ requested that all deadlines be extended “day-for-day with the duration of the lapse in appropriations”, in a court filing earlier today.

Kollar-Kotelly’s decision echoes her comments at a hearing earlier today when she focused on setting pre-trial filing and hearing dates in order for the trial to begin by 25 November.