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Settlements Affect Purchasers of Airline Tickets between the U.S. and Asia, Australia, New Zealand, or the Pacific Islands

SAN FRANCISCO, March 9, 2015 / PRNewswire — The following is being released by the law firms of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP and Hausfeld, LLP.

Settlements have been reached with eight airlines in a class action lawsuit involving the price of airline tickets. The Settling Defendants are: Air France; Cathay Pacific; Japan Airlines; Malaysian Airlines; Qantas; Singapore Airlines; Thai Airways; and Vietnam Airlines. The lawsuit continues against five Non-Settling Defendant airlines: Air New Zealand; All Nippon Airways (“ANA”); China Airlines (Taiwan); EVA Airways; and Philippines Airlines.

The lawsuit claims that the Defendants agreed to fix prices on tickets for transpacific air travel. As a result, ticket purchasers may have paid more than was necessary. The Settling Defendants deny the allegations, and deny that they have any liability. The Defendant airlines also deny liability, although ANA has pled guilty to fixing the prices of certain discounted tickets.

Purchasers are included if: (1) they bought a ticket for air travel from one of 26 airlines; (2) the ticket included at least one flight segment between the U.S. and Asia or Oceania; and (3) the purchase was made between January 1, 2000 and the present. A more complete description of eligibility requirements is available at www.AirlineSettlement.com, or by calling 1.800.439.1781 (in the U.S. or Canada) or 1.612.359.2900 (International).

The Settling Defendants have agreed to pay $39,502,000 (the “Settlement Fund”). Money will not be distributed yet, and will be distributed pursuant to a Plan of Allocation approved by the Court. Class Counsel will pursue the lawsuit against the Non-Settling Defendants.

Important Information

  • Purchasers will need to submit a Claim Form online or by mail. The earliest deadline to file a claim is September 19, 2015, but they will have until 120 days after the Settlements become final and effective to file a claim.
  • Purchasers who do nothing will not get a payment and give up the right to sue.
  • Purchasers who want to keep the right to sue the Defendants must exclude themselves by April 17, 2015.
  • Purchasers who stay in the Settlements can object to them by April 17, 2015.

The Court will hold a hearing in this case on May 22, 2015, to consider whether to approve the Settlements. Class Counsel have not requested attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of costs at this time but will do so in connection with the hearing. For the current Settlements, Class Counsel will request up to one-third of the Settlement Fund plus up to $7,500 for each of the class representatives. Class Counsel has asked the Court to set aside an additional $3 million of the Settlement Fund to cover future expenses.

Please visit the website, www.AirlineSettlement.com for more information, important documents, and case updates.

Purchasers of Freight Forwarding Services Could be Affected by a Class Action Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire – The following class-action Settlements have been preliminarily approved by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and are being announced by the law firms of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP; Gustafson Gluek, PLLC; Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P and Lovell, Stewart, Halebian, Jacobson LLP:

Proposed Settlements have been reached in a class action lawsuit, which claims that freight forwarders throughout the world conspired to fix prices for their services, including on routes between the U.S. and China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, and the U.K.  Some of the companies who were sued have agreed to settlements.  These “Settling Defendants” are:

  • ABX Logistics Worldwide NV/SA;
  • EGL, Inc. and EGL Eagle Global Logistics;
  • Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.;
  • Kuehne + Nagel International AG and Kuehne + Nagel, Inc.;
  • Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co., Ltd.
  • Schenker, Inc. and its parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, including Deutsche Bahn AG, Schenker AG, and BAX Global, Inc.; and
  • Morrison Express Logistics Pte. (Singapore) and Morrison Express Corporation (U.S.A.);
  • United Aircargo Consolidators, Inc.;
  • UTi Worldwide, Inc.; and
  • Vantec Corporation and Vantec World Transport (USA), Inc.

The lawsuit will continue against those companies that have not settled (“Non-Settling Defendants”).  A list of the Non-Settling Defendants is available at www.FreightForwardCase.com.

Individuals and businesses are included in one or more of the Settlements if they: a) Directly purchased Freight Forwarding Services; b) From any of the Settling or Non-Settling Defendants, their subsidiaries, or affiliates; c) From January 1, 2001 through September 14, 2012, d) In the U.S., or outside the U.S. for shipments within, to, or from the U.S.

“Freight Forwarding Services” means freight forwarding, transportation, or logistics services for shipments, including services relating to the organization or transportation of items via air, ocean, rail, and road, both nationally and internationally, and related activities such as customs clearance, warehousing, and ground services.

Class Members have a choice of whether or not to stay in the Class.  If Class Members choose to stay in the Class, they will be legally bound by all orders and judgments of the Court, and they will not be able to sue, or continue to sue, the Settling Defendants for the issues involved in this lawsuit.  Class Members who choose to stay in the Class may object to all or part of one or more of the Settlements.

In order to receive the benefits of these settlements, Class Members must submit a Claim Form online or by mail by November 22, 2013.  Some Class Members will have received a notice packet in the mail containing a Claim Form.  For those who did not receive a notice packet in the mail, they can submit a Claim Form at www.FreightForwardCase.com.  They may also contact the Claims Administrator to request a Claim Form be mailed to them by calling 1-877-276-7340 (in the U.S. or Canada) or 503-520-4400 (outside the U.S. or Canada) or writing to the following address:

Freight Forwarders Claims Administrator
P.O. Box 3747
Portland, Oregon 97208-3747

For more information regarding this lawsuit and Class Member rights, including how Class Members can exclude themselves and how to get a copy of a detailed notice, please visit www.FreightForwardCase.com, call 1-877-276-7340, or write to:  Freight Forwarders Claims Administrator, P.O. Box 3747, Portland, OR, 97208-3747.