Air Canada, United Blast Watchdog's Bid To Block Deal

Law360, New York (August 17, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT) -- Air Canada and United Continental Holdings Inc. on Monday fired back at Canadian competition regulators' efforts to halt their plan to combine their cross-border operations in a joint venture, saying the deal had demonstrable pro-competitive effects.

In separate responses filed with Canada's Competition Tribunal, the two airlines attacked the Canada Competition Bureau's application to block their proposed joint venture and to unwind existing cooperation agreements between the companies, saying the deals would benefit consumers and the Canadian economy.

Canadian regulators broke with their U.S. counterparts in...
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