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AMR-US Airways Merger Faced Antitrust Opposition From the Start

U.S. antitrust chief Bill Baer had been heard talking tough in Washington about going after the nation’s largest companies days before he slapped AMR Corp. and US Airways Inc. with a lawsuit to block their merger, a person familiar with his comments said.

Airline executives and lawyers found out what Baer was really thinking when he said Aug. 13 that he went to court because “we think a full-stop injunction is the right outcome for consumers.”