CHICAGO — A federal judge sided with American Airlines and agreed to set a November trial date for the federal government's civil antitrust lawsuit challenging the airline's planned merger US Airways Group.

The U.S. Department of Justice had asked U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly for a trial date next year. At a hearing Friday, the judge said the government's proposed timetable put the trial too far off and she set the date for Nov. 25. A spokesman for the Justice Department said the government would be ready by the November date. Both sides proposed a trial that would run 10 to 12 days and be decided by the court.

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