The NY Times reports that a judge’s ruling on Friday rejecting United’s deal with its pilots union may have opened the door for bidders for the carrier. Part of the deal with union had included a provision that basically forbade outside bidders from buying United. When the judge struck down that provision as "inappropriate" it made a takeover considerably easier for potential suitors. One of those suitors, the article notes, is Texas Pacific Group, which has a controlling stake in US Airways. They are a glutton for punishment, it seems.