AG Pruitt to File Legal Brief Supporting Airline Merger
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Wednesday notified the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia of his intent to file an amicus brief supporting the merger between American Airlines and US Airways. The U.S. Department of Justice is challenging the merger based upon antitrust concerns. American Airlines, which employs more than 6,000 workers at its maintenance facility in Tulsa, is seeking to exit bankruptcy protection through a merger with US Airways.
“The Department of Justice should drop its lawsuit and allow the merger of American Airlines and US Airways to continue,” General Pruitt said. “This merger will benefit consumers by providing more choices and options, and our amicus filing will make the case that the merger does not violate either state or federal antitrust laws and should move forward.”
The attorney general said the amicus filing would be made in November.
Earlier this month, General Pruitt wrote to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder supporting the merger. In the letter, General Pruitt wrote that the merger didn’t violate Oklahoma antitrust laws and “offers the most viable path forward to secure the maintenance jobs in Tulsa and ensure the continued economic prosperity of Oklahoma.”