Who is a Class Member
You are a member of the Travelport Airline Ticket Pricing Antitrust Settlement Class if you are a resident of the United States who purchased an airline passenger ticket from an Airline between June 1, 2006, and January 12, 2018.
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- Injunctive Relief Only
Under the terms of the settlement, Travelport is prohibited from coordinating or agreeing with the other two defendants (Sabre and Amadeus) to impose certain contract provisions on certain U.S. airlines The company has also agreed to conduct annual antitrust and competition law training for its employees.
Proof of Purchase
Travelport Airline Ticket Pricing Antitrust Settlement Notes
- Daniel Gordon, et al. v. Amadeus IT Group, SA, et al.
- Case No. 1:15-cv-05457
- Pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
This antitrust class action lawsuits stems from claims brought by plaintiff Daniel Gordon and 21 other consumers that Travelport conspired with at least two other GDS companies to avoid competing with each other on airline ticket pricing.
Travelport is a technology provider to the global travel and tourism industry. They provide a technological link between travel suppliers (such as airlines, hotels, car rental companies, rail operators and cruise lines) with online and traditional “brick-and-mortar” travel agencies. These systems used by travel agents to link to airline information are known as “global distribution systems” or “GDS”. Many big name airlines, such as United, Alaska, and JetBlue rely on Travelport and other companies GDS services. To put this in perspective, for each flight segment booked by a travel agent that uses a GDS, the airline is charged a GDS fee;.airlines pay companies like Travelport roughly $2.4 billion per year in GDS fees.
Specifically, the plaintiffs claim that Travelport and the other defendants artificially inflated the price of airline tickets by forcing airlines to accept their “identical” contract provisions, which in turn made customers pay more for airline tickets.
Travelport denies the allegations in the case, but has agreed to settle in order to avoid the additional burden and expense associated with Litigation. The settlement provides only injunctive relief so there is no claims process or cash payment benefits. Complete details about the case and settlement are provided on the Travelport Settlement website.
The Travelport class action settlement was granted preliminary approval on December 28, 2017. Class members who wish to object to the settlement must do so by March 14, 2018. There are no exceptions to being a Settlement Class member and you cannot exclude yourself.
- 3/14/18: Objection Deadline
- 4/23/18: Final Hearing at 11:00 am ET* (class members do not need to attend this hearing in order to receive a slice of the settlement pie).
*Settlement Class Members who wish to speak at the hearing should check www.GDSClassSettlement.com to confirm that the date or time of the Hearing has not been changed.
- Claims Administrator: Epiq Systems
- Questions regarding the Travelport Settlement can be directed to Class Counsel. Specific contact information can be found here.
- Vincent J. Esades of Heins Mills & Olson PLC
- Steven J. Greenfogel of Lite DePalma Greenberg LLC
- Joseph R. Saveri of Joseph Saveri Law Firm
- Robert G. Eisler of Grant & Eisenhofer PA
- Douglas A. Millen of Freed Kanner London & Millen LLC