Airlines: Who did DOJ interview on merger?

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

DALLAS (AP) - American Airlines and US Airways want to know who was interviewed before the government sued to block a merger.

The airlines say the U.S. Department of Justice is refusing to turn over the names, claiming that doing so would reveal the thinking of antitrust lawyers who filed the lawsuit against the merger.

Fort Worth-based AMR Corp.'s American and the US Airways Group Inc. said in a filing Tuesday that they have asked a federal court in Washington to order the government to divulge the names and what they revealed.

The Justice Department didn't immediately comment.

The DOJ and several states filed a lawsuit in August to block the deal - claiming that it would hurt competition in the airline industry. The case is scheduled for trial Nov. 25.

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