DOJ's Airline Merger Challenge Recalls AT&T Fight

Law360, New York (August 21, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice's recent suit to block an $11 billion merger between American Airlines Inc. and U.S. Airways Group Inc. has more in common with the agency's 2011 challenge to AT&T Inc.'s $39 billion tie-up with T-Mobile USA Inc. than its balmy August filing date and the word "carrier."

The antitrust watchdog's two most audacious merger challenges in recent memory have both been marked by a lessened focus on traditional markets, an interest in maverick companies and a decision to discount the importance of smaller competitors, experts said.

Still, the DOJ's latest suit boasts one potential advantage: the experience...

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