Citing the government shutdown, the Department of Justice has requested a "stay of the proceedings" in the anti-trust case brought against the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways.
The request states attorneys for the DOJ are prohibited from working or even volunteering except for "emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property."
The request asks the judge to delay all deadlines for all parties during the shutdown.
Attorneys for the airlines objected to the request, according to documents filed in court.
But, there may be a way out of a delay. The Justice Department says that if the court orders the trial to go forward, its lawyers can keep working because the court order would be its legal authorization for the spending.
The judge has not yet ruled on the request. A conference to determine the status of the case is expected today.
The trial in the case is set to begin on Nov. 25.