The settlement of the antitrust lawsuit between the Department of Justice, American Airlines and US Airways primarily hinged on 104 takeoff and landing slots at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. "In antitrust there is no lawsuit that can’t be settled and there is significant risk on both sides that you might lose everything," said Herb Hovenkamp, an antitrust law professor at the University of Iowa. "Once you got movement on Reagan, the rest of it fell into place."

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