NEW YORK ( The Deal) -- Assumptions can be dangerous. So it is surprising that despite the turbulence facing the potential merger of US Airways Group (LLC) and AMR (AAMRQ), industry pundits and analysts predict so confidently that the Department of Justice will settle its lawsuit seeking to block the $11 billion merger.Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways secured a deal with the bankrupt parent of American Airlines in February after more than a year of pushback from AMR management. With initial smooth flying, the deal appeared to be on its way to forming a third truly national U.S. air carrier network. The merger had the backing of labor and quickly won AMR creditor support. But it was thrown into doubt last month when the DOJ went to court to try to block it on antitrust grounds.
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