Air- Airlines, Justice agree union shouldn’t intervene in antitrust lawsuit | – News for Dallas, Texas – The Dallas Morning News

Posted: October 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

Oct. 8, 2014

For once, it seems, American Airlines Inc. and US Airways and the federal officials who sued to block their merger are in agreement.

The airlines and the Justice Department both told U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on Tuesday that they don’t want the Transport Workers Union to intervene on behalf of the airlines in the lawsuit.

And the reasons contained in their written briefs were much the same — the carriers and the Justice Department said that the union’s concerns are shared by the airlines and that the TWU’s entry as a full participant could delay the trial’s Nov. 25 start date.

Besides, they said, the union, which represents American’s ground workers, already has status as a “friend of the court,” or amicus curiae.

“The airlines greatly value the interests of TWU’s members and support TWU’s participation in this case as amicus curiae,” American and US Airways wrote in their response to the union’s request to jump in.

“There is no need for TWU to intervene, however, because the interests of TWU and its members in this case are fully aligned with — and thus adequately represented by — the airlines. TWU’s motion to intervene should thus be denied,” the airlines said in their response.

The Justice Department criticized the lateness of the union request, which was filed on Oct. 1 and supplemented on Monday.

“Despite closely monitoring this action since its inception and participating in an amicus brief at an earlier stage urging the court to resolve this action on an expedited schedule, the TWU has waited until the eve of the close of fact discovery and only six weeks before the start of trial to file its request for intervention,” the department argued. “This request is untimely.”

Agreeing with the airlines, the Justice Department filing stated: “Moreover, the TWU’s interest in seeing the merger between US Airways and American Airlines completed is adequately protected by the current defendants.”

The Justice Department, joined by a number of states and the District of Columbia, filed the lawsuit on Aug. 13. The plaintiffs allege that the merger would violate federal antitrust law and hurt consumers. Texas, one of the original plaintiffs, last week asked to pull out of the lawsuit with a proposed settlement.

The TWU, which represents more than 23,000 American Airlines mechanics, fleet service clerks and other ground workers, has until 4 p.m. Dallas time Wednesday to respond to the objections of the airlines and Justice Department.

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