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This article analyzes the DOJ's legal action to block the American Airlines/US Airways merger. The author not only provides a compelling account of the litigation and settlement, but also offers insights into the DOJ's likely reasons for settling the case.
The author takes issue with what he views as the inherently self-perpetuating nature of federal agency regulations. He argues that Congress should legislate “sunset” requirements whereby agencies, including the DOT and the FAA, would be required to conduct a scheduled rule-making to determine whether existing regulations should be renewed.
This article makes the case for ICAO to assume a role as an economic regulator of international air transport. The author acknowledges that ICAO's authority under the Chicago Convention to address economic issues is less clear than its safety mandate, but nonetheless, argues that ICAO could play a meaningful role in promoting the further development and liberalization of international air transport.
On September 18–19, 2014, the Forum on Air and Space Law will hold its 2014 Annual Conference at the elegant Westin Hotel in Montreal, Canada. In addition to a great line-up of speakers, the Annual Conference affords attendees unrivaled networking opportunities with aviation and space attorneys and government officials who are at the pinnacle of their profession.
This column provides a brief summary of each of the articles in this issue.