U.S. District Court Judge Robert Wilkins today approved the consent decree signed between the search giant and the U.S. Justice Department that paved the way for Google to acquire ITA Software. According to Bloomberg, which obtained a copy of the order, Wilkins approved the deal based on his belief that the safeguards in place to protect third-parties were enough to justify the acquisition. In April, Google announced that it had signed a deal with the Justice Department, allowing it to acquire ITA. That agreement included a clause saying Google would be required to continue to license ITA's travel technology to any and all rivals for a period of five years on "reasonable and nondiscriminatory" terms. In addition, Google agreed to furnish the Justice Department any complaints it receives from competitors saying that their travel information was not receiving fair placement in the company's search. Get the full story at CNet