By Jeffrey May, J.D.
The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division opposes an effort by the Transport Workers Union of America AFL-CIO (TWU) to intervene in a federal/state action challenging the merger between US Airways Group Inc. and AMR Corporation, the parent of American Airlines.
TWU, which represents more than 23,000 AMR/American Airlines employees and 300 US Airways employees, sought to intervene as a defendant in the action based on a “significant interest in the outcome of the matter.” In an
In response to the court’s request for the parties’ positions on the union’s motion, the Antitrust Division filed a
The Justice Department also argued that TWU’s intervention was unnecessary. The union’s interest in seeing the merger completed was adequately protected by the current defendants, the government asserted.
This view was echoed by the defendants in their opposition to TWU’s motion to intervene. According to the airlines, the union’s intervention also would complicate the proceedings and potentially jeopardize the expedited trial schedule. A trial in the matter is set to begin on November 25.
The U.S. Department of Justice, six states, and the District of Columbia, filed an antitrust
Attorneys: Jeffrey Blumenfeld (Lowenstein Sandler, LLP); Richard G. Parker (O’Melveny & Myers LLP), Paul T. Denis (Dechert LLP), and Charles F. Rule (Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP) for US Airways Group, Inc. John M. Majoras (Jones Day) and Mary Jean Moltenbrey (Paul Hastings LLP) for AMR Corp. Mark W. Ryan for U.S. Department of Justice.
Companies: AMR Corp.; US Airways Group, Inc.; Transport Workers Union of America AFL-CIO
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