DOJ

Today is the final filing day for those in opposition to the American Airlines/US Airways (AA/US) merger. The merger rules and regulations allow objectors to the settlement to file comments that must be addressed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) prior to the final approval of the merger. A collection of consumer groups, including the Consumer Travel Alliance, will be making such filings today.

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Ask travelers what the federal government did for them this year, and you’ll probably get a shrug, at best — or a rant about sequestration, national park closings and the Transportation Security Administration, at worst.

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Now that the bankruptcy judge has approved the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, the last hurdle is gone and shortly the two airlines will merge. Ned Levi examines who the winners and losers are as the merger is completed.

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Just as when the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed its complaint against the America Airlines/US Airways merger, the announcement of a settlement surprised many in the aviation world. Lawyers, salivating at seeing an antitrust case go to trial, were disappointed and consumers looking at a dramatic cutback in airline competition on overlapping connecting routes felt thwarted. But, upon closer examination, the DOJ settlement may develop into a competitive benefit for consumers.

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Court to fast-track DOJ challenge to merger, Vermont airport introduces lactation station, surviving family theme park vacations

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) is in its final deliberations about the antitrust implications of the merger between US Airways and American Airlines to form The New American Airlines. The US Airways’ stockholders have approved the merger, it appears that American Airlines’ stockholders and bondholders will as well, and the Department of Justice is the big question mark. DOJ is the single entity that can scuttle this misguided (from a consumer’s point of view) merger.

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What if you could make the call on the proposed merger between American and US Airways?

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TSA to allow certain knives and sports items, AA/US get request from DOJ regarding merger, ANA’s 787 problems stretch into Japan’s holiday season

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This post was written by Scott Cleland, who authors the “widely-read” PrecursorBlog.com and publishes GoogleMonitor.com. This story concerns the current antitrust investigation of Google’s proposed purchase of ITA Software that is considered the Google of the travel vertical on the Internet.

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One of the dramas going on in Washington is the antitrust analysis proceeding right now regarding the buyout of ITA Software by Google. Basically, Google that has the most in-depth knowledge of passengers is looking to purchase ITA Software that powers every online travel agent created since 2001 and knows more about the airlines than perhaps any other entity. This is certainly a case for a careful look and regulation, something Google isn’t used to.

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