Class Action, Multi-district Litigation
15:1 Antitrust Litigation
A Georgia federal court on Tuesday handed a victory to Delta Air Lines Inc. and AirTran Airways Inc. in long-running multidistrict litigation alleging that they colluded to institute a first-checked baggage fee, ruling that a close examination of all the facts in the case didn’t add up to a conspiracy.
A Georgia federal judge on Tuesday certified a class of about 28 million passengers in long-running multidistrict litigation alleging Delta Air Lines Inc. and AirTran Airways Inc. colluded to institute a first-checked baggage fee, saying the fees’ alleged offsetting benefits don’t nullify potential antitrust damages.
Delta and AirTran continued a yearslong struggle with passengers in antitrust multidistrict litigation over baggage fees as both sides pushed to exclude the others’ expert opinions on a putative class of passengers Friday in a Georgia federal court.
Delta Air Lines Inc. defended its economic expert in an antitrust multidistrict litigation over baggage fees, telling a Georgia federal court Friday the proposed consumer class cannot exclude the expert just because he disagrees with them.
Delta and AirTran fought back in antitrust multidistrict litigation Tuesday against requests by a proposed class of baggage fee-paying customers to exclude testimony from the airlines’ experts, telling a Georgia federal judge their experts could attest to the fees’ effect in reducing base fare.
Delta Air Lines Inc. and AirTran Airways Inc. urged a Georgia federal judge Friday to ax testimony of an expert witness in proposed antitrust multidistrict litigation accusing the companies of colluding to institute a first-checked baggage fee, saying the testimony is unreliable.
Passengers accusing Delta and AirTran of colluding to institute a first-checked baggage fee in proposed antitrust class action multidistrict litigation want three of the airlines' expert witnesses blocked from testifying in Georgia federal court, arguing in motions made public Friday their testimony is legally irrelevant.
Delta Air Lines Inc. and AirTran Airways Inc. urged a Georgia federal court Friday to boot a proposed antitrust class action accusing them of colluding to institute a first-checked baggage fee, saying they had legitimate business reasons for adopting fees that were similar to those of competitors.
Delta Air Lines Inc. and AirTran Airways Inc. told a Georgia federal court on Friday that the plaintiffs bringing an antitrust suit over baggage fees shouldn't get class certification because the precedents they relied on in their motion have been replaced with newer case law that requires more rigorous analysis.
A Georgia federal judge on Wednesday certified a class of Delta Air Lines Inc. and AirTran Airways Inc. passengers who allege the airlines colluded to impose baggage fees, ruling potential individualized damages determinations won't preclude resolving antitrust liability on a classwide basis.