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Customers Blast Airlines in Price-Fixing MDL

Air travelers and ticket purchasers have fired back at a bid by four major U.S. airlines to toss multidistrict litigation accusing the companies of conspiring to fix capacity and routes. In a 57-page brief opposing the motion by American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta and United to dismiss the claims, attorneys presented evidence that airfares were rising even as jet fuel costs were decreasing from 2009 to 2015, as well as records of government investigations into the airlines’ statements on earnings calls and industry conferences. The firm’s Warren Burns is serving as one of three members of the plaintiffs’ executive committee. Concerns about the airlines’ capacity and pricing strategies triggered a still-ongoing investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

To read the password-protected article about the lawsuit in Law360, click here.