Justices Won't Hear Southwest Merger Sanctions Fight

Law360, New York (October 1, 2012, 8:08 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to review sanctions against the Alioto Law Firm for its handling of a proposed class action challenging a $1.4 billion Southwest Airlines Co. merger, despite the plaintiffs' arguments that the ruling would discourage private antitrust enforcement.

The justices denied the petition for certiorari without comment, leaving in place the Ninth Circuit's August 2011 decision granting Southwest sanctions against the Alioto Firm after the plaintiffs sought an emergency review of the district court's refusal to put the Southwest's merger with AirTran...
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