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Attorneys Blocking JetBlue/Spirit Merger Now Targeting Hawaiian/Alaska Airlines Deal
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Alaska, Hawaiian Airlines

from Court House News, April 17, 2024

HONOLULU (CN) — Airline passengers and former travel agents seek to stop Alaska Airlines from acquiring Hawaiian Airlines Inc., saying the deal creates a monopoly, shrinks competition in multiple passenger airline markets and threatens Hawaii's economy.

PDF: hawaiian-airlines-antitrust-complaint-district-hawaii

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Attorneys Blocking JetBlue/Spirit Merger Now Targeting Hawaiian/Alaska Airlines Deal

Beat of Hawaii, April 16, 2024 (excerpt)

 … A new lawsuit has been filed by a well-known San Francisco attorney to attempt to block the acquisition of Hawaii Airlines by Alaska Airlines. This is not the first such suit, and it may also not be the last. But what stands out, in part, is that this law firm also filed a similar suit wherein JetBlue was subsequently blocked in its attempt to acquire Spirit Airlines….

The same San Francisco-based law firm previously filed an (unsuccessful) lawsuit to stop the successful merger of Alaska Airlines and Virgin America. That 2017 suit was said to have been on behalf of 40+ passengers who had similar claims to those allegedly opposing the Alaska/Hawaiian deal….

That Alioto suit included similar language regarding the “proposed elimination of Virgin America by the Defendant Alaska Airlines constitutes a substantial threat of injury to the Plaintiffs because the acquisition may have the effect substantially to lessen competition and tend to create a monopoly in various markets…” Alioto also said that prior merger would have reduced flights to smaller markets, resulting in higher airfares.

More recently, Alioto filed suit against the proposed merger between JetBlue and Spirit Airlines that subsequently failed. That case document is attached HERE. Alioto is known for these suits attempting to block airline mergers on behalf of passengers and to prevent price-fixing….

read … Attorneys Blocking JetBlue/Spirit Merger Now Targeting Hawaiian/Alaska Airlines Deal

PDF: hawaiian-airlines-antitrust-complaint-district-hawaii 

HNN: Anti-trust lawsuit filed in push to stop Hawaiian-Alaska Airlines merger

SA: Lawsuit seeks to stop Alaska-Hawaiian merger  

TAC: Airline Passengers Sue Alaska Airlines Over Hawaiian Airlines Merger | Travel Agent Central

R: US consumers sue to stop Alaska Air, Hawaiian Airlines merger | Reuters


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