Consumers Attack $1.4B Southwest-AirTran Combo

Law360, New York (May 4, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT) -- Southwest Airlines Co. and AirTran Holdings Inc. were sued in California federal court Tuesday by a group of direct purchasers of airline tickets who claim the carriers’ $1.4 billion merger will threaten competition, resulting in higher fares and diminished services.

The merger, which was completed Monday, will create an unlawful monopoly, slash tens of thousands of jobs, and prompt the addition of charges for amenities otherwise considered part and parcel of airline services, the group said.

The complaint targets a series of “secret and private meetings”...
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