DOJ Position On Wright Amendment Changes Unclear

Law360, New York (July 26, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Department of Justice derided—before later lauding—a bill that would eliminate flight restrictions at Dallas Love Field airport on grounds that it would violate federal antitrust laws.

A memo from the Justice Department’s antitrust division told lawmakers that restrictions in a local agreement to repeal the so-called Wright Amendment “would be hard-core, per se violations of the Sherman Act,” according to an Associated Press story.

As news of the memo made the rounds Tuesday, a DOJ spokesperson said the department had not taken a position on...
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