In a filing made in federal court on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice asked the judge to deny American Airlines and US Airways request for a November trial date in the anti-trust suit the government filed to stop the proposed merger of the two carriers.
Instead, government attorneys propose starting a trial on March 3, 2014 to give it enough time to gather evidence and experts for the trial.
"Both American and US Airways are reporting record earnings and American is set (absent the merger) to embark on a period of procompetitive expansion," the filing said. "Given what is at stake, this Court should allow both sides a full opportunity to develop the relevant evidence in discovery and to present that evidence at trial."
Justice Department attorneys argued that American's bankruptcy proceedings do not justify a shortened trial schedule even if the carrier will incur significant costs. The DOJ disputed American's argument that a delayed emergence from bankruptcy may mean a weaker airline.
"This argument, however, ignores the fact that American's restructuring efforts have been extraordinarily successful and have positioned the company to compete as a strong and vibrant standalone firm," the filing said.
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