Protest Of Airlines' Price-Fix Deal Too Hasty, Judges Say

Law360 (April 14, 2021, 9:41 PM EDT) -- A group of airline passengers are facing an uphill battle challenging the settlements — worth a total of $60 million — struck to tie up ticket buyers' collusion claims, with a D.C. Circuit panel asserting Wednesday that their appeal is premature because a district judge overseeing the case hasn't entered a final judgment.

The objectors, led by Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute's Center for Class Action Fairness, challenged the deals reached in 2017 and 2018 on the basis that it would create a "slush fund" for the plaintiffs' lawyers, rather than going directly to the class of airline ticket buyers affected by the alleged...

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