A decision on the antitrust lawsuit to stop the merger of American Airlines and US Airways may not come until early January.
At a pre-trial hearing Tuesday, U.S. federal judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly indicated that she may not rule on the case until early January. The carriers had hoped a decision on the antitrust suit would come before the holidays.
According to media reports, the judge said that the trial will continue as previously scheduled. Arguments should take twelve to fifteen days with the trial wrapping up in mid-December.
She did not directly address the DOJ’s request for a stay in the case because of the government shutdown which was filed this morning. Attorneys for American and US Airways said the airlines do not plan to file a legal response to the DOJ's request.