Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd. and Asiana Airlines Inc. have reached a $65 million class action lawsuit settlement resolving allegations they conspired to fix prices for air passenger travel between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea. If you bought a qualifying ticket between January 1, 2000 and August 1, 2007, you may be entitled to cash and coupons for future air passenger travel as part of the class action settlement.
The Korean Air settlement will resolve a class action lawsuit that claims the alleged conspiracy included meetings, conversations and communications in the U.S. and elsewhere between the two Defendants during which they agreed to establish artificially high prices for air passenger travel.
In cases separate from this class action lawsuit, brought by the United States Department of Justice, the Defendants pled guilty to criminal antitrust violations and agreed to pay a fine. Despite pleading guilty in the DOJ cases, Korean Air Lines and Asiana Airlines deny the allegations raised in the class action lawsuit but have agreed to a settlement to resolve the litigation.
Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the Korean Air Passenger Class Action Settlement can be found at www.KoreanAirPassengerCases.com.
The case is In Re: Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd., Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 07-01891, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Western Division.
UPDATE: On Feb. 8, 2016, a final hearing was scheduled and Judge Otero is expected to issue an order soon. Once the order is issued, the settlement funds and coupon codes will be distributed to Class Members who submitted a valid and timely Claim Form.
UPDATE 2: On Feb. 11, 2016, according to the settlement website, airline passengers who filed a claim in the Korean Air class action settlement should expect to receive a check and coupon code in April!
UPDATE 3: On April 21, 2016 the settlement website posted the following update: “We now expect that the distribution to claimants will occur in late May 2016. Additional updates will appear on the website when the date for the distribution mailing is known. Thank you for your patience while the process is completed” Top Class Actions will continue to provide updates as we learn more. Keep checking back and let us know when you receive a check in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.
UPDATE 4: On June 1, 2016, several viewers reported receiving an email from the Settlement Administrator which included the following: “Payments are currently expected to be mailed to claimants in June of 2016. Rust has not been informed of the exact date on which the distribution will occur, but the settlement website will be updated once we receive this information.” Top Class Actions will continue to provide updates as we learn more. Keep checking back and let us know when you receive a check in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.
UPDATE 5: According to the Settlement Administrator, checks and coupon codes will be distributed to Class Members on June 27, 2016.
UPDATE 6: On June 27, 2016, the settlement website was updated with the following: “The settlement checks and coupon codes were mailed out to verified claimants on June 27, 2016.” Keep checking back and let Top Class Actions know when you receive a check in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.
UPDATE 7: On June 29, 2016, Top Class Actions viewers started receiving checks in the mail from this class action settlement worth as much as $2643.61.
Class Members of the Korean Air settlement include anyone who purchased at least one ticket for air passenger travel on Asiana Airlines or Korean Air Lines. The purchase must have been:
- Made in the United States;
- For a flight originating in the U.S. and ending in Korean or a flight originating in Korea and ending in the U.S.; and
- Made between January 1, 2000 and August 1, 2007.
Both businesses and individuals may be Class Members.
Class Members that submit a valid Claim Form will receive cash and coupons from the class action settlement, which will be distributed pro rata, based on the total number of qualifying purchases and valid Claim Forms submitted.
Claim Form Deadline
In Re: Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd., Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 07-01891, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Western Division
Korean Air Passenger Antitrust Litigation
P.O. Box 2436
Faribault, MN 55021
Susan G. Kupfer
GLANCY BINKOW & GOLDBERG LLP
Jeff S. Westerman
WESTERMAN LAW GROUP
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PAUL HASTINGS LLP
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