Millions of Travelers Affected Under Class Action Airline Lawsuit

November 05, 2018 07:03 PM

If you have flown a major airline in the past seven years, you could be cashing in as part of a lawsuit.

The class action lawsuit was filed against American, Delta, Southwest and United, where passengers allege the airlines improperly worked together to limit the number of seats available on domestic flights to drive up ticket prices.


"I'm not surprised," said Blaine resident Sally Anderson ,who was leaving from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Monday. "The airlines are not doing stuff for us to make it more convenient or more comfortable. They're doing it for the money."

Emails are popping up in passengers' inboxes telling them a settlement agreement might possibly mean they will get some money back. A notice of the class action suit is also spreading through social media outlets.

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  But even with millions being offered in settlement, the millions of flyers in the last seven years make a big payday very unlikely. 

"It's important to remember there are millions and millions of people who've flown American Airlines, who have flown Southwest Airlines" said Charles Moore, a class action attorney with Halunen Law in Minneapolis.

So far, reports say American and Southwest have agreed to pay a total of $60 million in the settlement, while denying they did anything wrong. Southwest will pay $15 million. American has agreed to pay $45 million.

The lawsuits are continuing against Delta and United.

People who purchased flights within the United States from American, Delta, Southwest, United, Continental or US Airways at any time between July 1, 2011 and Dec. 20, 2017 for the Southwest settlement; and between July 1, 2011 and June 14, 2018 for the American settlement could be eligible.

"And what one individual may recover,  it might be somewhat small," Moore said.

The website also said it's possible that ticket buyers will never get any money from the lawsuit.

"After deductions for any attorneys' fees, litigation expenses, settlement administration expenses, and class representative incentive awards approved by the Court, the remaining amount will be distributed to charities, governmental entities or other beneficiaries approved by the Court," the website states. 

In order to get a possible payment, airline passengers will have to file a claim. However, claims are not being accepted yet. 

Information regarding the lawsuit can be found here. 

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