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"The government is shooting for the farthest-out date to give them more time to prepare," Jeffrey S. Jacobovitz, an antitrust litigator with Arnall Golden Gregory in Washington who isn't involved in the case, said before today's hearing. "The airlines have more ammunition to proceed to early trial and they want to go as soon as possible because their business is being held up."

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