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Since the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, antitrust efforts have played a major role in fostering corporate competition and preventing monopolies. Using a base of law set out by the Sherman Act, Clayton Act and Federal Trade Commission Act, government agencies work to protect consumers from collusive behavior in a range of industries. The merger of AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, and US Airways group formed what would ultimately become the largest airline in the United States. The partnership was the result of American Airlines' desire to merge with another airline in the wake of their filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The merger itself was highly controversial, and many parties voiced concerns for its potential to decrease competition among airlines and increase prices for passengers. The most high profile opposition was an antitrust suit filed [PDF] by the United States Department of Justice and attorney generals from Texas,


12/07/2013: Supreme Court justice denied application staying airline merger.

11/12/2013: American Airlines, US Airways settled DOJ antitrust suit.

08/13/2013: US antitrust officials challenged airline merger.

06/17/2013: Supreme Court ruled pay-to-delay settlements not immune from antitrust suits.

01/03/2013: FTC found that Google did not violate antitrust or anticompetition laws.

12/18/2012: DOJ settled in publisher price-fixing lawsuit.


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