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Commonly Asked Questions

What are the lawsuits about?

The original lawsuit claimed that thirteen Defendants agreed to fix the prices of airline tickets for travel between the United States and Asia/Oceania. As a result, ticket purchasers may have paid more than was necessary. The Defendants in that lawsuit are: All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. ("ANA"); Air New Zealand Limited; China Airlines, Ltd.; EVA Airways Corporation; Philippine Airlines, Inc.; Cathay Pacific Airways Limited; Japan Airlines International Company, Ltd. (“JAL”); Malaysian Airline System Berhad; Qantas Airways Limited; Singapore Airlines Limited; Societe Air France; Thai Airways International Public Co., Ltd.; and Vietnam Airlines Company Limited.

The lawsuit also claims that ANA and JAL agreed to fix the prices of airline tickets and/or fuel surcharges for travel between the United States and Japan. The lawsuit claims that ANA and JAL agreed to institute and raise fuel surcharges on airline tickets between February 1, 2005 and December 31, 2007, and to fix the prices of airline tickets on certain fares called Satogaeri or "homecoming" fares, which are discount fares marketed to Japanese people living in the U.S. for travel to Japan between January 1, 2000 and April 1, 2006. As a result, ticket purchasers may have paid more than was necessary.

ANA has pled guilty to fixing the prices of certain discounted tickets for transpacific air transportation sold in the United States from at least as early as April 1, 2000 until at least April 1, 2004. This guilty plea does not apply to the fuel surcharge claims alleged in this case.

Please note that settlements involving transpacific air travel were reached in 2015 with eight of the Defendants (including JAL), 2018 with four of the Defendants and 2020 with one of the Defendants.

What is a class action?

In a class action, one or more people called class representatives sue on behalf of a group or a “class” of people who have similar claims. In a class action, the court resolves the issues for all class members, except for those who exclude themselves from the class. In this case, there are several classes described in the settlement agreements.

Who are the Defendants?

All Nippon Airways Company, Limited (“ANA”), Air New Zealand Limited (“ANZ”), China Airlines, Ltd. (“China Airlines”), EVA Airways Corporation (“EVA”), Philippine Airlines, Inc. (“PAL”), Cathay Pacific Airlines Limited, Japan Airlines International Company, Ltd. (“JAL”), Malaysian Airline System Berhad, Qantas Airways Limited, Singapore Airlines Limited, Societe Air France, Thai Airways International Public Co., Ltd., and Vietnam Airlines Company Limited.

Who are the Co-conspirator Airlines?

American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Korean Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines System, Swiss International, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

What do the Settlements provide?

Pursuant to the proposed plan of allocation, eligible claims will receive a pro rata share of the applicable settlement funds for each class in which the claim(s) qualify. A portion of the Settlement Fund will be used to pay the costs of class notice and administration and attorneys’ fees and costs. It is possible that any money left after paying Class Members that is economically infeasible to distribute will be donated to charities approved by the Court. More details are in the Settlement Agreements, which are available on this website under Court Documents.

The Court has approved thirteen settlements totaling $147,402,000. Each Defendant airline's contribution to the settlement fund is:

Defendant Contribution
Air France $867,000
Cathay Pacific Airways $7,500,000
Japan Airlines $10,000,000
Malaysian Airline $950,000
Thai Airways $9,700,000
Vietnam Airlines $735,000
Qantas $550,000
Singapore Airlines $9,200,000
ANZ $400,000
China Airlines $19,500,000
EVA $21,000,000
PAL $9,000,000
ANA $58,000,000
Total $147,402,000

How much money will I receive?

At this time, it is unknown how much each eligible member of the classes will receive. In order to receive a payment, you needed to file a valid claim form and provide any additional documentation requested. To save time and money, payments will be made at the conclusion of the case.

Pursuant to the proposed plan of allocation, eligible claims will receive a pro rata share of the applicable settlement funds for each class in which the claim(s) qualify.

The tickets claimed on eligible claims are included in the pro rata calculation for each Settlement Class as follows:

JAL Settlement Class:

  • Claims for Asia/Oceania originating travel (one-way or roundtrip) and U.S. originating travel (one-way or roundtrip) will be compensated.
  •  Includes tickets claimed for Settling Defendant airlines for Phase 1 class period.

Air France/Singapore Airlines/Vietnam Airlines Settlement Class:

  • Claims for U.S. originating travel (one-way or roundtrip) will be compensated.
  • Includes tickets claimed for Settling Defendant airlines and Co-conspirator airlines for Phase 1 class period.

 Malaysian Air Settlement Class:

  • Claims for U.S. originating travel (one-way or roundtrip) will be compensated.
  • Includes tickets claimed for Settling Defendant airlines and Co-conspirator airlines for Phase 1 class period.

 Thai Airways Settlement Class:

  • Claims for U.S. originating travel (one-way or roundtrip) and purchases on Korean Air Lines, Ltd. and/or Asiana Airlines, Inc., between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea will be compensated.
  • Includes tickets claimed for Settlement Class Defendants airlines and tickets claimed for Korean Air Lines, Ltd. and/or Asiana Airlines, Inc., between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea for Phase 1 class period. 

 Cathay Pacific Airways/Qantas Settlement Class:

  • Claims for U.S. originating travel (one-way or roundtrip) will be compensated.
  • Includes tickets claimed for Settling Defendant airlines for Phase 1 class period.

 ANZ Settlement Class:

  • Claims for U.S. originating travel (one-way or roundtrip) will be compensated.
  • Includes tickets claimed for Settling Defendant airlines for Phase 1 and Phase 2 class periods and Co-conspirator airlines for Phase 1 and 2 class periods.

 EVA/China Airlines Settlement Class:

  • Claims for U.S. originating travel (one-way or roundtrip) will be compensated.
  • Includes tickets claimed for Settling Defendant airlines for Phase 1 and Phase 2 class periods.

 PAL Settlement Class:

  • Claims for U.S. originating travel (one-way or roundtrip) will be compensated.
  • Includes tickets claimed for Settling Defendant airlines for Phase 1 and Phase 2 class periods and Co-conspirators for Phase 1 and 2 class periods.

 Settlement Class III:

  • Claims for U.S. originating travel (one-way or roundtrip) will be compensated.
  • Includes tickets claimed for Settling Defendant airlines for all class periods.

 Japan Settlement Class Fuel Surcharge:

·        Claims for U.S. originating travel (one-way or roundtrip) for Japan Airlines International Company, Ltd. or All Nippon Airways Company, Limited (ANA) that include a fuel surcharge will be compensated.

Satogaeri Settlement Class:

  • Claims for U.S. originating travel (one-way or roundtrip) for Japan Airlines International Company, Ltd. or All Nippon Airways Company, Limited (ANA) that were Satogaeri fares will be compensated.
When will I get benefits?

Settlement Class Members who are entitled to payments will receive their payments after the Court grants final approval to the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved (see “The Fairness Hearing” section). If there are appeals, resolving them can take time. Determination letters will be sent prior to the distribution of Settlement payments to those who filed a claim. To save time and money, payments will be made at the conclusion of the case. Please be patient.

Do I have a lawyer representing me?

The Court has appointed the following law firms as Class Counsel to represent you and all other members of the Classes:

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP
San Francisco Airport Office Center
840 Malcolm Road, Suite 200
Burlingame, CA 94010

Hausfeld, LLP
600 Montgomery Street
Suite 3200
San Francisco, CA 94104

If you have any questions about the Settlement, you can talk to Class Counsel, or you can retain your own lawyer at your own expense.

How will the lawyers be paid?

You do not need to separately pay Class Counsel. Class Counsel will request a fee award in connection with the final approval of the Settlement. The final amounts in attorneys’ fees and costs sought from the Settlement Fund will be outlined in Plaintiffs’ Motion for Attorneys’ Fees and Reimbursement of Reasonable Litigation expenses, which will be filed with the Court and posted on the this website under Court Documents no later than 35 days prior to the objection deadline.

Where can I get more information?

To get more information, including the precise terms and conditions of the Settlement, please see the Settlement Agreement on this website’s Court Documents page, by calling 1-800-439-1781, or by writing to: Transpacific Air Settlement, P.O. Box 2209, Faribault, MN 55021-1609, USA.

You can also get more information about the Settlement by contacting Class Counsel:

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP Hausfeld, LLP
San Francisco Airport Office Center 600 Montgomery Street
840 Malcolm Road, Suite 200 Suite 3200
Burlingame, CA 94010 San Francisco, CA 94111

You can also get copies of the official Court file by accessing the Court docket in this case for a fee:

  • Through the Court’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system at https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov, or
  • By visiting the office of the Clerk of the Court for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays.

Disclaimer

Please do not contact either the Defendants or Co-Conspirators or the Court with questions about the Settlements. Any and all callers will be directed to this website. If you have questions, please refer to the Commonly Asked Questions and the other information posted here or contact the Settlement Administrator by writing to Transpacific Air Settlement, PO Box 2209, Faribault MN 55021-1609 USA.


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