Domestic Airlines Antitrust

In Re: Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation, No. 1:15-mc-01404, MDL No. 2656

What is it About?

A class action lawsuit was filed against American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines (the “Defendants”), in addition to US Airways and Continental Airlines. The lawsuit claims that the Defendants colluded to limit capacity on flights. By limiting capacity on domestic flights, ticket prices were artificially inflated. Ticket purchasers paid those artificially inflated prices.

What is the Status?

Southwest Airlines and American airlines have agreed to settlements, despite denying any wrongdoing. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have not settled, and the lawsuits are continuing against them. These lawsuits may result in additional money as a result of trial or future settlement. If the case is settled in favor of the defendants, no additional money may become available.

Who is Eligible?

In both the Southwest and American settlement agreements, the settlement class includes any persons or entities who purchased air passenger transportation services for flights within the United States and its territories, and the District of Columbia from American, Delta, Southwest, United, Continental at any time between:  

  • July 1, 2011 and December 20, 2017 for the Southwest Settlement
  • July 1, 2011 and June 14, 2018 for the American Settlement.

These settlements do not exclude governmental entities, defendants (parent, subsidiary, or affiliate), defendants’ officers/directors/employees/family members, or judges/justices assigned to hear this action.

How much will it Pay?

The $45 million American Airlines settlement and the $15 million Southwest Airlines settlement.

The lawsuit is continuing against Delta Airlines and United Airlines. The lawsuit may or may not result in additional money as the result of trial or future settlements.

What are the Deadlines?

The deadline to file a claim has not yet been set. Please note there is also an objector to the Southwest and American Airlines Settlements who is appealing the Court’s final approval order. This appeal must be resolved for any funds to be distributed, along with a conclusion to the lawsuits against Delta and United.

The deadline to object to the Settlements has passed as of January 4, 2019.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding the status of the litigation, interested persons may visit https://domesticairclass.com/, the Court-approved website for this case.

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