Airline Price-Fixing Suits Centralized In DC

By Kurt Orzeck (October 13, 2015, 11:45 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Tuesday consolidated 23 antitrust suits accusing American, Delta, United and Southwest airlines of fixing the price of domestic airline tickets, and ordered that the consolidated action proceed in Washington, D.C., federal court.

The panel centralized 23 actions pending in seven districts, saying D.C. — where the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating allegations of anti-competitive behavior — would be a convenient and accessible forum for what will be nationwide litigation.

The actions share factual questions that arise out of an alleged conspiracy by Southwest Airlines Co., Delta Air Lines Inc., United Airlines Inc....

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