DOJ Requests Stay in American-US Air Antitrust Suit, Citing Shutdown
The U.S. Department of Justice, which is suing to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, requested a stay of proceedings due to the federal government shutdown on Tuesday.
“Absent an appropriation, the Department of Justice attorneys and employees are generally prohibited from working, even on a voluntary basis,” said the Justice Department in its motion.
“This is creating difficulties for the Department to perform the functions necessary to support its litigation efforts,” it added.
The suit was filed in August. American has been in bankruptcy-court protection since late 2011 and has planned its exit from Chapter 11 around the merger. The combination has the support of AMR creditors, unions, shareholders of both companies, and European Union antitrust regulators.
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