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JetBlue-Spirit deal would reduce fierce competition, US DOJ says, and no remedy would preserve 'intensity' of rivalry

By Serafina Smith and Flavia Fortes
  • 07 Mar 2023 21:49
  • 07 Mar 2023 22:26
The US Department of Justice, along with the District of Columbia and the states of New York and Massachusetts filed a complaint today challenging JetBlue’s merger with Spirit on the grounds that it would eliminate “fierce head-to-head competition" among the carriers.

The complaint, filed in Boston federal court, alleges that the merger “would

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Serafina Smith


Serafina Smith covers mergers and acquisitions for MLex from New York. Before becoming a journalist, Serafina was a paralegal supporting the United States Department of Justice, where she worked on foreign bribery and money laundering cases. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Georgetown University.

Flavia Fortes

Global Head of Mergers

Flavia writes about merger control, antitrust enforcement and litigation in the U.S. and Brazil. Before joining MLex, Flavia worked as an Antitrust Consultant in the Federal Trade Commission's Office of International Affairs and as a Research Fellow for the American Antitrust Institute. She has written on the intersection of antitrust law and intellectual property law in technology-driven and innovative markets.

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