News Summary: US, airlines fight over trial date

Stuck on the tarmac: Government, airlines can't agree on timing of trial over big merger

Associated Press

TRIAL TIMING: The government said Tuesday that it wants a March court date for its lawsuit aimed at blocking the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. The airlines want a trial in November.

AIRLINES IN HURRY: The U.S. Justice Department and six states say that the airlines are rushing a complex case. The airlines say the government is being slow. They're anxious because the lawsuit is the last thing blocking their merger and American's emergence from bankruptcy protection.

HOLDING PATTERN: A federal judge could pick a trial date during a hearing Friday in Washington, D.C.

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