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Sep 18, 2013

Unionized American Airlines, US Airways workers rally for merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Union members who work for American Airlines and US Airways Group (LCC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) rallied on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, urging the U.S. Justice Department to drop its opposition to a planned merger between the two airlines.

The rally by pilots, flight attendants, baggage handlers and others also attracted a handful of the 300 lawmakers that the union representatives are meeting with this week in hopes of building support for the deal.

Sep 11, 2013

Apple, Google back in court over mobile phone patent lawsuit

WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Apple and Google
subsidiary Motorola Mobility on Wednesday squared off
in court over whether a judge should reopen a lawsuit in which
the companies accuse one other of illegally using their patented
mobile phone technology.

The case under review began in 2010 when the smartphone
makers filed patent infringement lawsuits against each other.

Sep 11, 2013

US Airways, American defend planned merger in court filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Airways defended its proposed merger with American Airlines on Tuesday, arguing that the deal would create $500 million in savings to consumers annually by building a stronger competitor to Delta Air Lines Inc and United Continental.

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on August 13 to stop the $11 billion deal between US Airways Group and American’s parent AMR Corp. The government argues the merger would violate antitrust laws because it would lead to higher airfares and related fees.

Sep 9, 2013

Verizon and U.S. regulators clash on internet rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. judges hearing a potential landmark case on U.S. regulation of internet traffic on Monday focused on whether certain charges levied on websites by internet service providers would be illegal moves to block the sites.

The case revolves around a 2011 rule on so-called net neutrality. The rule requires internet providers treat all traffic equally and give consumers equal access to lawful content, even content that directly competes with the providers’ services.

Sep 9, 2013

Questions on charges feature in U.S. hearing on Web rules

WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Judges hearing an appeal by
Verizon Communications Inc of the U.S. government’s open
internet rules spent much of their time on Wednesday focused on
what sorts of charges levied on websites would be considered
illegal blocking.

The 2011 rules required internet providers to treat all
traffic equally and to give consumers equal access to all lawful
content, even where that content might compete with aspects of
the Internet provider’s business.

Aug 30, 2013

Trial date of Nov. 25 set for U.S. challenge to AMR-US Airways merger

WASHINGTON, Aug 30 (Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday set
a tentative Nov. 25 trial date in the U.S. government’s legal
challenge to an American Airlines merger with U.S.
Airways.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who will try the case without
a jury, announced the date at a hearing in U.S. District Court.

Aug 30, 2013

Judge in American/US Airways merger wants trial before March

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge said on Friday that the trial of a U.S. government lawsuit to block an American Airlines (AAMRQ.PK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) merger with U.S. Airways Group Inc (LCC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) should take place before March, the date sought by the U.S. Justice Department.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said in open court: “March 3, I think, is too far off. It needs to be a tighter, expedited schedule.”

Aug 28, 2013

U.S. government, two airlines say open to settling merger fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American Airlines AAMRQA.UL, US Airways (LCC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday they were open to settling a court fight over whether the two companies should be allowed to merge, but there was no sign of an imminent agreement.

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit in mid-August, asking a federal court to block the deal, which would form the world’s biggest air carrier. The government said the merger would lead to higher prices for customers, while the companies said it would make them more competitive and strengthen the market.

Aug 27, 2013

U.S. asks for March trial in airline merger challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal court on Tuesday to set a March 3 trial date to hear arguments over whether it should stop a planned merger between US Airways (LCC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and American Airlines (AAMRQ.PK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

The companies had requested a 10-day trial that would begin on November 12.

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on August 13, asking a federal court to order the companies to abandon plans for a deal to create the world’s largest carrier.

Aug 3, 2013

Obama administration overturns ban on some iPad, iPhones

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has overturned a U.S. trade panel’s ban on the sale of some older iPhones and iPads, reversing a ruling that had favored Samsung Electronics Co Ltd over Apple Inc in their long-running patent battles.

The U.S. International Trade Commission in June banned the import or sale of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G distributed by AT&T Inc, saying the devices infringed a patent owned by the South Korean electronics giant.