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Did you fly a transpacific flight between January 1, 2000 and the present? If so, you may be eligible to submit a claim as part of a class action settlement against 27 airlines who have been accused of price fixing on tickets for flights across the Pacific Ocean.
The 27 airlines are:
- Air New Zealand (Non-Settling Defendant)
- All Nippon Airways Company, Limited (Non-Settling Defendant)
- American Airlines, Inc. (Alleged Co-Conspirator)
- Asiana Airlines, Inc. (Alleged Co-Conspirator)
- British Airways, Plc. (Alleged Co-Conspirator)
- Cathay Pacific Airways Limited (Settling Defendant)
- China Airlines Limited (Taiwan) (Non-Settling Defendant)
- Continental Airlines, Inc. (Alleged Co-Conspirator)
- Delta Airlines, Inc. (Alleged Co-Conspirator)
- Deutsche Lufthansa AG (Alleged Co-Conspirator)
- EVA Airways Corporation (Non-Settling Defendant)
- The International Air Transport Association (Alleged Co-Conspirator)
- Japan Airlines International Company, Ltd. (Settling Defendant)
- Korean Airlines, Ltd. (Alleged Co-Conspirator)
- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Alleged Co-Conspirator)
- Malaysian Airline System Berhad (Settling Defendant)
- Northwest Airlines Corporation (Alleged Co-Conspirator)
- Philippine Airlines, Inc. (Non-Settling Defendant)
- Qantas Airways Limited (Settling Defendant)
- Scandinavian Airlines System (Alleged Co-Conspirator)
- Singapore Airlines Limited (Settling Defendant)
- Societe Air France (Settling Defendant)
- Swiss International AG (Alleged Co-Conspirator)
- Thai Airways International Public Co., Ltd. (Settling Defendant)
- United Airlines, Inc. (Alleged Co-Conspirator)
- Vietnam Airlines Company Limited (Settling Defendant)
- Virgin Atlantic Airways, Ltd. (Alleged Co-Conspirator)
Some of these airlines have long been swallowed up through mergers (Hi, Northwest! Hi, Continental!), but they’re still on the list.
Here’s the full text of the legal notice regarding this transpacific airline price fixing settlement (PDF link here):
What is the case about?
The lawsuit claims that the Defendants agreed to fix prices on tickets for transpacific air travel. As a result, ticket purchasers may have paid more than was necessary. The Settling Defendants deny the allegations, and deny that they have any liability. The Defendant airlines also deny liability, although ANA has pled guilty to fixing the prices of certain discounted tickets.
Am I included?
You are included if: (1) you bought a ticket for air travel from one of 26 airlines; (2) the ticket included at least one flight segment between the U.S. and Asia or Oceania; and (3) your purchase was made between January 1, 2000 and the present. A more complete description of eligibility requirements is available at the website or by calling the toll number.
What do the Settlements provide?
The Settling Defendants have agreed to pay $39,502,000 (the “Settlement Fund”). Money will not be distributed yet, and will be distributed pursuant to a Plan of Allocation approved by the Court. Additional information is available on the website below. Class Counsel will pursue the lawsuit against the Non-Settling Defendants. Class Counsel have not requested attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of costs at this time but will do so in connection with the final approval hearing. For the current Settlements, Class Counsel will request up to onethird of the Settlement Fund plus up to $7,500 for each of the class representatives. Class Counsel has asked the Court to set aside an additional $3 million of the Settlement Fund to cover future expenses.
How can I get benefits?
Submit a Claim Form online or by mail. The earliest deadline to file a claim is September 19, 2015, but you will have until 120 days after the Settlements become final and effective to file your claim.
What are my rights?
If you do nothing, you will be bound by the Settlements and the Court’s decisions. If you want to keep your right to sue the Settling Defendants you must exclude yourself from the classes by April 17, 2015. If you stay in the classes, you may object to the Settlements by April 17, 2015. The Court will hold a hearing on May 22, 2015 to consider whether to approve the Settlements. You or your own lawyer may appear at the hearing at your own expense, but you do not have to attend. Please visit the website, www.AirlineSettlement.com for additional information, important documents, and case updates.
It’s possible that this will be one of those class action settlements that yields just a couple of dollars, but I have submitted my claim, since I flew across the Pacific a couple of times during this time period. We’ll see what happens. Go here to find out more and submit your own claim, and stay tuned for updates on the status of this settlement.
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