DOJ's Baer Says Airline Merger Pact Preserves Competition

Law360, New York (November 15, 2013, 2:00 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust head on Friday defended the agency's decision to settle a suit blocking the merger of U.S. Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines, telling a congressional oversight panel that the asset divestiture commitments it received should mollify any anti-competitive effects of the deal.

Assistant Attorney General William Baer told members of the House Judiciary Committee that the settlement was designed to avoid future competition problems in the industry and went so far as to say that the deal they reached was...
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