In re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation

Updated: July 07, 2015
Status: Ongoing Case

Firm Cites Collusion Resulting in Higher Airfares, Fees, and Reduced Service for Consumers

On July 7, 2015, Labaton Sucharow filed an antitrust class action complaint against American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines, all of which account for nearly 85 percent of air passenger traffic in the United States.

The complaint alleges that these four major airlines have participated in a price-fixing conspiracy to reduce or maintain passenger-carrying capacity since at least January 1, 2007, which extends the conspiracy period in an ongoing parallel U.S. Department of Justice's investigation by four years. The alleged conspiracy decreased competition among the airlines, resulting in higher fares and reduced service to consumers, while ensuring bigger profits for the airlines. The complaint alleges that the airlines' price-fixing conspiracy was reached through their participation in earnings calls with Wall Street analysts and meetings at trade conferences.

The case is In re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation, Misc. No. 15-1404 (D.D.C.). Labaton Sucharow represents State-Boston Retirement System.

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