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United, American Sue Chicago Over Airport Financing

Law360 (January 19, 2011, 4:38 PM EST) -- United Air Lines Inc. and American Airlines Inc. have sued Chicago over its planned multibillion-dollar expansion of O'Hare International Airport, saying the city was contractually obligated to receive the carriers' approval before beginning construction or issuing bonds to finance the project.

The complaint, lodged Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois, said the parties had agreed in their contracts to a "check and balance" that prohibited the city from saddling O'Hare with new capital projects and debt without the airlines' support.

Nonetheless, the city is...
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