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December 04, 2013

Judge denies Alioto's request to stay his order to let American-US Airways merger move forward during appeal process

U.S. bankruptcy judge Sean Lane denied a San Francisco attorney's request to stay a ruling that allows the American Airlines-US Airways merger to proceed.

Antitrust lawyer Joseph Alioto, whose 40 clients have filed a civil antitrust suit to try to stop the merger, had asked for Lane to put aside his ruling from last week while Alioto appealed the ruling.

In his written ruling, Lane said the request was based on the same arguments that Alioto had already raised in his request for a temporary restraining order last month.

The Court denied the Plaintiffs’ request for a temporary restraining order for reasons stated in a thirty-two-page opinion dated November," Lane wrote. "For those same reasons, the Plaintiffs’ Motion seeking a stay pending appeal is denied."

American and US Airways plan to close their merger on Monday. The carriers declined to comment on Alioto's appeal.

-Andrea Ahles

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