American Airlines has agreed to pay $45 million to settle class actions alleging that violated the Sherman Act by colluding to limit the number of seats available on domestic flights and raising ticket prices. The settlement is intended to include the millions of people who bought domestic tickets from the airline defendants between July 2011 and June 2018.
Southwest Airlines Co. settled claims against it for $15 million in January. As part of its proposed deal, American has promised to provide “significant cooperation” with the case against the remaining airlines in the suit.
The case is In re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation, case number 1:15-mc-01404, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.