Airlines Dealt Setback in Merger Lawsuit

A court-appointed official recommended yesterday that the judge hearing a lawsuit to block the American Airlines and US Airways merger reject the airlines’ request to gain access to the names of people the government interviewed as well as what they said. The official said that the airlines were trying to learn what facts mattered to the government, which he said could give them insight into the thinking and legal strategy of Justice Department lawyers. He said that kind of information is protected as the work product of lawyers preparing for a lawsuit or trial. The Memphis Daily News has the story.