Early Turbulence Won't Ground DOJ's Airline Merger Fight

By Melissa Lipman (October 8, 2013, 7:23 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice's bid to block US Airways Group Inc. from joining forces with American Airlines Inc. may have gotten off to a bumpy start with union opposition, a change of heart by the Texas attorney general and the government shutdown, but attorneys say the obstacles will have little effect on the outcome of the antitrust regulator's challenge.

Since the antitrust watchdog first sued to stop the $13.8 billion deal in August, it has faced all manner of setbacks and opposition, including the judge's refusal to grant the DOJ a 2014 trial date and a Washington rally meant to...

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