DOJ knows they have a losing case.They are fearful that the exposure of the criteria used in approving approving past mergers will have changed drastically for this merger. And what could have changed the DOJ's criteria? hmmmm.. Could it be those private discussions they may have had with airlines that don't want to see this merger take place? DOJ officials had better watch themselves and become totally honest and forthcoming all all evidence that is requested. No shadowy meetings can be unreported or they will find themselves in extremely deep poop. The American people and the American Judicial system insist on and can accept nothing less from our top law enforcement organization.
“Every merger must be evaluated on its own terms in light of current industry conditions,” the U.S. said. How the Justice Department “analyzed other mergers years ago when industry conditions were different has no bearing on legality of this merger.”
This must be Talamona again. I didn't see mention of the spokesperson. Current industry conditions are improving. Airlines are getting smarter and some via mergers.
Years ago? Two mergers within the same administration isn't years ago and there is a lot bearing on this merger as it isn't much of a difference as prior mergers.
DOJ cannot pick and choose who will become the larger carriers.