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November 13, 2013

Hold your horses! Federal judge tells "friends" of court to not file briefs in the American-US Airways antitrust case

With American Airlines and US Airways settling their antitrust lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, the federal judge presiding over the case has told interested parties to not file any briefs with the court.

In an order filed Wednesday morning, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said "amicus curiae" briefs which were scheduled to be filed by Friday do not need to be filed. Instead, any objections should be made to the Justice Department during the 60-day comment period.

"Pursuant to the [150] Asset Preservation Order and Stipulation, all deadlines in this matter established by the [71] Scheduling and Case Management Order and [128] Trial Procedures Order are stayed. This includes the November 15, 2013 deadline for the filing of amicus curiae briefs. Accordingly, amici who have been granted leave to file should not file any briefs with the Court at this time. Instead, if they have objections to the proposed settlement agreement, they should use the procedures provided by the Antitrust Procedures and Penalties Act (“APPA”), 15 U.S.C. § 16, for making these concerns known," the one-page order said.

-Andrea Ahles

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