Thursday, February 9, 2017

Canadian Courts Distribute Settlements in Air Freight Cartel Cases

Cases Ongoing Against BA and Air Canada
Shipping News Feature
CANADA – Courts in Canada have approved of a protocol for the distribution of settlement funds in the Canadian Air Cargo Shipping Services Class Action, which saw several airlines pay a total of C$29.6 million in fines so far with the class action continuing against Air Canada and British Airways. The case alleges price-fixing in the market for air cargo shipping services on shipments to/from Canada (excluding to/from the United States) between January 2000 and September 2006.

The Ontario, British Columbia and Québec courts approved the settlements and a protocol for distribution of settlement funds. Linda Visser of Siskinds, one of the three law firms representing the class, said:

"We are proud of what we have recovered thus far on behalf of class members. The court-approved protocol we are announcing today is an invitation to eligible businesses and consumers to recover expenses that should not have been billed in the first place. In concert with our colleagues in Vancouver and Montreal, we will continue to pursue the class action against Air Canada and British Airways."

Those who purchased air cargo shipping services on shipments to/from Canada (excluding to/from the United States) between January 2000 and September 2006 can apply to receive settlement monies online, no later than May 11, 2017. For the purposes of distribution, the settlement class members will be categorised based on their position in the distribution chain - direct purchaser shipper, freight forwarder, and shipper – and are able to fall into more than one category.