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Judge Sets November Date for Airline Merger Trial

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A federal judge announced Friday afternoon a trial will begin in November over the government's lawsuit to block the proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways.

Department of Justice officials and representatives for the airlines will face the judge beginning Nov. 25. The trial date is a decision both sides agreed upon.

According to the Associated Press, Department of Justice wanted the trial to start in March, saying it needs more time to prepare for the complex case. The airlines stated a long delay would threaten their merger.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said in court Friday that March was "too far off."

The companies were close to completing a merger to create the world's biggest airline, but the Justice Department and six states sued this month to block the deal. They say it would reduce competition and lead to higher prices for travelers.

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