Steve Williams Appointed Co-Lead Counsel for Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation
The District Court in Washington, D.C. today appointed partners at two national law firms to lead the Multidistrict Litigation against numerous domestic airlines for alleged price-fixing of fares in the United States.
U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the District of Columbia appointed Steven Williams of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and Michael Hausfeld of Hausfeld LLP to lead the litigation. The Court also appointed Elizabeth Cabraser of Lieff, Cabraser, Robert Kaplan of Kaplan Fox and Warren Burns of Burns Charest (Dallas) to an Executive Committee.
All cases from around the Country were consolidated by the Multidistrict Panel and sent to Washington, D.C. in October of 2015. After several hours of a hearing on February 4, 2016, the Court appointed Lead Counsel and an Executive Committee.
The cases allege that beginning on or about July 1, 2011, and continuing to the present (the “Class Period”), certain airlines have illegally colluded to fix, raise, and maintain the price of domestic air passenger transportation through various means, including by eliminating or restricting the supply of domestic air transportation – otherwise known as seating “capacity.” It is alleged the airlines’ conduct has led to reduced competition and increased prices for domestic air passenger transportation, and has caused antitrust injury to the passengers and members of the Class who have paid higher prices for domestic air transportation than they would have in the absence of the conduct. The defendant airlines deny the allegations.