The DOJ is proposing that each side be allowed up to 50 depositions, in addition to the deposition of any person who appears on the parties' witness list who has not previously been deposed. The government also proposed that up to two executives from each airline be deposed for a maximum of two days.

In contrast, the airlines want each parties' depositions limited to 10, although they agree additional depositions should be allowed for persons on a party's final witness list who have not been deposed. However, they said all depositions should be limited to seven hours.

The parties were directed to try to work out those disputes. Any lingering disagreements will be worked out at another status conference on Oct. 1.

-- Written by Bill McConnell in Washington

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