DOJ Says Continental Alliance Deal Fails Antitrust Test

Law360, New York (June 29, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division came out strongly against Continental Airlines Inc.'s bid to join the immunized international Star ATI Alliance, saying the deal could put major competitive constraints on critical global routes, raise ticket prices and facilitate domestic collusion.

The DOJ weighed in Friday on a proposed order from the U.S. Department of Transportation granting Continental's request for a place in the nine-member Star ATI Alliance, recommending that Continental not be granted the broad antitrust immunity it seeks, and instead be allowed to...
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