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Judge Approves AA Bankruptcy Plan

Bankruptcy plan approval contingent upon government lawsuit



    (Published Friday, Sept. 13, 2013)

    A federal judge has approved American Airlines' plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection and merge with US Airways, although the airlines must still resolve a lawsuit filed by the federal government seeking to block the merger.

    A trial over that lawsuit is scheduled for November.

    Thursday's ruling by federal bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane in New York provides at least the perception that the merger is still moving forward.

    AA, US Air Face Another Merger Hearing

    [DFW] AA, US Air Face Another Merger Hearing
    Airlines debate if government has a case against proposed merger.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013)

    The airlines had originally hoped to close the merger this month and create the world's biggest carrier. They're now shooting for the end of the year, if they can either settle the antitrust lawsuit with the U.S. Justice Department or win the case in court.

    Last month, Lane openly wondered whether he could approve American's reorganization plan before the merger won regulatory approval. On Thursday, he said he could if the turnaround plan looked financially sound.

    AMR lawyers had argued that delaying approval of the plan would put ongoing support for the merger plan at risk

    AA, US Airways Say Case Against Merger is Flawed

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    The airlines said in court filings that the U.S. Justice Department's analysis of the merger ignores competition that now exists from other carriers.
    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013)

    Lane said that if the airlines lose the antitrust case, American parent AMR Corp. will have to write a new restructuring plan that doesn't include the merger. If the airlines settle with the Justice Department -- perhaps by giving up takeoff and landing slots at Reagan National Airport outside Washington -- Lane would review terms of the settlement.


    NBC 5's Scott Gordon will be covering the events of a Sept. 12 hearing on the merger. Use the Twitter widget below to see updates or follow Scott @ScottGordonNBC5.

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