No Stay for Airline Merger Case

In light of the government shutdown, Justice Department lawyers asked for a stay in the US Airways-American Airlines antitrust case, but the judge denied the request this afternoon. “Because of the need for the prompt resolution of this matter, the Court has set an expedited discovery and trial schedule. A stay at this point would undermine this schedule and delay the necessary speedy disposition of this matter. It is essential that the Department of Justice attorneys continue to litigate this case,” U.S. District Judge Kollar-Kotelly wrote in the opinion. WRCB TV and the Blog of Legal Times have more on the story.