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Breaking: Judge Gives American Extra Time

Despite pressure from US Airways, American gained some maneuvering room when a judge extended the “hands-off” period—the period it has to develop its own bankruptcy exit plan without outside interference—until December 28.

Although this decision doesn’t prevent a subsequent hostile takeover, it does improve American’s bargaining position. As far as I can tell, the industry still expects a merger, but maybe on improved terms for American.

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