Hawaiian Air Accused Of Antitrust Violations

Law360, New York (March 20, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Hawaiian Airlines Inc. has been accused of violating antitrust laws by using its bankruptcy proceedings to prevent a low-cost competitor from entering the carrier’s regional stronghold—the Hawaiian state’s popular inter-island market.

The allegations were leveled by Arizona-based Mesa Air Group Inc. in a counterclaim filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Hawaii. The rival said Hawaiian Airlines' actions violate the Sherman Act.

Hawaiian Airlines sued Mesa Air in February for allegedly using restricted bankruptcy documents to study and copy Hawaiian’s financial projections for...
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