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Hawaiian Says Rival Abused Bankruptcy Proceeding

Law360 (February 15, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Fueling the debate over suspected abuse of bankruptcy proceedings, Hawaiian Airlines Inc. has sued rival Mesa Air Group Inc. for allegedly using confidential information obtained during bankruptcy proceedings to launch competing routes.

The complaint alleges Arizona-based Mesa Air abused the carrier’s trade secrets and broke a U.S. trustee-brokered confidentiality agreement when it announced it would begin island-hopping flights in Hawaii in April, competing directly with Hawaiian Airlines.

Hawaiian filed for Chapter 11 protection from its creditors in March 2003 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the...
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