Alaska Airlines seeks dismissal of consumer lawsuit over $1.9 billion purchase of Hawaiian Airlines

On Friday, Alaska Airlines asked a U.S. judge to dismiss a consumer lawsuit against its proposed $1.9 billion takeover of Hawaiian Airlines. The airline argued that the deal would not improperly consolidate its power in the transportation industry.

In its lawsuit filed in Hawaii federal court, Alaska Airlines argued that the lawsuit filed in April by consumers failed to demonstrate “specific, specific and imminent harm” that would be suffered by passengers if the deal goes through. Reuters reported that Alaska Airlines described the plaintiffs as “serial litigants” who had previously filed lawsuits over mergers of other airlines and described their claims as “standard.”

Alaska Airlines declined further comment Friday. Meanwhile, the attorney representing the plaintiffs, a group of eight airline passengers from Hawaii, California and other states, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. according to Reuters.

Related: Alaska Airlines' takeover of Hawaiian faces antitrust scrutiny

The lawsuit alleges that the merger would exacerbate the current trend of concentration and reduced competition in the airline industry, which plaintiffs say is “unprecedented, unprecedented and dangerous.” In response, Alaska Airlines claimed in its filing that the merger would significantly expand customer access to global destinations.

The planned takeover is currently under antitrust review by the US Department of Justice (DOJ). Both Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines have said they are cooperating with the DOJ and expect to continue to do so, Reuters reported in March.

The case, titled “Warren Yoshimoto et al. v. Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Group is being heard in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, case number 1:24-cv-00173.

Source: Reuters

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