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Domestic Airline Travel

Related Lawyers: Michael D. Hausfeld, Hilary K. Scherrer, Jeannine M. Kenney, Bonny E. Sweeney
Related Practice Areas: Antitrust / Competition

In re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation, MDL Dkt. No. 2656, Misc. No. 15-1404 (CKK) (D.D.C.)

On July 2, 2015, Hausfeld filed one of the first antitrust class action complaints in the country on behalf of domestic air passengers alleging that the four major U.S. passenger air carriers—United, American, Delta and Southwest—conspired to fix domestic airfares by, inter alia, reducing fleet capacity. Dozens of subsequent class cases were filed.

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation transferred the cases to the Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington, D.C. federal court for coordinated pretrial proceedings. On February 4, 2016, she appointed Hausfeld co-lead interim counsel on behalf of the putative class. On March 25, 2016, a consolidated amended class complaint was filed. Defendants moved to dismiss, and the court denied their motion on October 28, 2016. Since that time, Plaintiffs have secured settlements with American and Southwest, and discovery against United and Delta is ongoing.