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Michael Hausfeld Appointed Co-Lead Counsel for Purchasers Suing Domestic Airlines for Price-Fixing

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

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia appointed Michael Hausfeld as interim co-lead counsel for the proposed class of direct purchasers alleging that the four largest domestic airlines—American, Delta, Southwest, and United—conspired to fix prices for airline tickets from at least January 1, 2009 to present.

Judge Kollar-Kotelly held a three-hour hearing on February 3, 2016, where the four competing leadership proposals were reviewed in light of the criteria the Court indicated it would consider in selecting Plaintiffs' Interim Class Counsel: 

  • the work counsel has done in identifying or investigating potential claims in the action;
  • counsel’s experience in handling class actions, other complex litigation, and the types of claims asserted in the action;
  • counsel’s knowledge of the applicable law; the resources that counsel will commit to representing the class;
  • counsel’s ability to fund the litigation;
  • the absence of conflicts with different interests on Plaintiffs’ side;
  • counsel’s ability to command the confidence of his or her colleagues;
  • counsel’s ability to work cooperatively with the Court and opposing counsel; and
  • the need for people with diverse skill sets and viewpoints who can add to the value of the overall representation.

In an order dated February 4, 2016, after careful consideration of the leadership proposals and responses provided to the Court, Judge Kollar-Kotelly appointed Michael Hausfeld of Hausfeld LLP and Steven Williams of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP as interim co-lead counsel. "We are pleased with this result and look forward to seeking relief on behalf of the class," said Hausfeld Chairman, Michael D. Hausfeld.

Hausfeld attorneys working on this case are Michael Hausfeld, Bonny SweeneyHilary Scherrer and Jeannine Kenney. The case is In re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 15-mc-01404 (CKK). 

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Hausfeld is a leading global law firm with offices in Berlin, Brussels, London, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. The firm has a broad range of complex litigation expertise, particularly in antitrust/competition, financial services, sports and entertainment, environmental, mass torts, consumer protection, and human rights matters, often with an international dimension. Hausfeld aims to achieve the best possible results for clients through its practical and commercial approach, avoiding litigation where feasible, yet litigating robustly when necessary. Hausfeld’s extensive experience with alternative and innovative fee models offers clients a diverse menu of engagement options and maximum flexibility in terms of managing their cost exposure.

Hausfeld is the only claimants firm to be ranked by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a top tier firm in private enforcement of antitrust/competition law in both the United States and the United Kingdom. For more information about the firm, including recent trial victories and landmark settlements, please visit: www.hausfeld.com.