Judge denies DOJ request to delay airline trial

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A judge says that the antitrust trial in the merger of American Airlines and US Airways will go forward as scheduled.
The Justice Department had asked for a delay to the Nov. 25 trial, arguing that the shutdown of the federal government meant its lawyers couldn't work to get ready for the trial.
The court order means the government attorneys have the authorization to keep working on the case.
The merger was weeks away from closing when the government sued to block it. In denying the delay, the judge noted that the deal would have closed by now if it hadn't been for the Justice Department's action to stop it.