The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and lawyers for American Airlines and US Airways are starting preparations for a November trial to determine whether the carriers’ planned merger should be rejected on antitrust grounds, a much earlier court date than DOJ wanted. US federal judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on Friday denied DOJ’s request for a March 2014 trial, saying that date is “too far off.” Instead, the airlines and DOJ will meet in court Nov. 25, when ...

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