United-Continental Flight Merger OKed Despite Pilot Fears

Law360, New York (September 29, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Thursday let United Air Lines Inc. merge flight procedures with acquisition Continental Airlines Inc. despite pilots' objections that they have been too poorly trained for the combined airline to operate safely.

U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. refused a request from the Air Line Pilots Association for a temporary restraining order that would prevent the airlines from implementing combined flight operation procedures Friday, the so-called Phase II of their merger.

The pilots sued on Monday claiming they had only been...
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