Plaintiffs brought suit in 2006 after the US Department of Justice and the European Commission initiated investigations into the air cargo industry. The alleged conspirators took part in meetings and other communications to determine and set air cargo rates that airlines should charge for various routes. The airlines then imposed the agreed upon rates and continued to maintain and enforce those rates for over six years.
This suit included over 30 airline companies. Info Tech Consulting and Dr. McClave was hired in April 2010 to calculate damages to plaintiffs due to the illegal price fixing scheme. Info Tech Consulting analyzed more than 30 million transactions in the formalization of Dr. McClave damage analysis report and testimony for the class certification hearing in October, 2013. In July 2015, class certification was granted for a class of tens of thousands of direct purchasers of air cargo shipping services. By the beginning of 2016 all but two defendants had settled with the plaintiffs. In the spring of 2016, the remaining two defendants settled, bringing the total settlement value to over $1.25 billion.
In re: Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1775 (E.D. of New York)