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Air Cargo

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We are counsel in a class action brought on behalf of residents of British Columbia who purchased air cargo shipping services from a number of major air cargo carriers from January 1, 2000 to September 11, 2006. The defendants include many of the major carriers engaged in the air cargo market including carriers operating on European and Asian routes. The class action lawsuits allege that these air cargo carrier defendants participated in an unlawful conspiracy to fix the prices of air cargo shipping services by imposing inflated surcharges for fuel and security, agreeing to prevent discounting on air cargo prices, and agreeing on yields and customer allocations.

The proposed class members in the BC class action include persons who purchased air cargo shipping services directly from the air cargo carrier defendants (this group includes freight forwarders) and persons who purchased services from freight forwarders (this group includes shippers).

Plan to Distribute Settlement Funds

The aggregate settlement funds, plus accrued interest, less a reserve fund, court approved legal fees and expenses, and applicable taxes (the “Net Settlement Amount”), will be available for compensation to Settlement Class Members. The Net Settlement Amount equals approximately CDN$18,000,000. The reserve fund will be held in a trust account for the benefit of Settlement Class Members. Class Counsel reserve the right to apply to the Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec courts to have the reserve funds applied against future disbursements and/or future adverse costs awards.

The Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec Courts approved a protocol for distributing the Net Settlement Amount. A copy of the distribution protocol is available at www.aircargosettlement2.com.

A copy of the Long Form notices regarding the distribution process can be found below:

Filing a Claim

To be eligible for settlement benefits, Settlement Class Members must file a properly completed claim, together with the required supporting documents, no later than May 11, 2017.

Claims must be filed using the online claims process at www.aircargosettlement2.com. If you do not have Internet access, but wish to file a Claim, please contact the claims administrator at 1- 888-291-9655 (U.S. and Canada) or 1-614-553-1296 (International).

Settlements

There are previous settlements in this action with the following defendants totaling $23,593,307.26:

  • Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Lufthansa Cargo AG and Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.: $6,243,307.26
  • Japan Airlines International Co., Ltd.: $738,000
  • Scandinavian Airlines System: $300,000
  • Qantas Airways Limited: $237,000
  • Cargolux Airline International: $1,800,000
  • Singapore Airlines Ltd. and Singapore Airlines Cargo PTE Ltd.: $1,050,000
  • Societé Air France and Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V.: $6,500,000
  • Polar Air Cargo Inc.: $425,000
  • LAN Airlines S.A. and LAN Cargo S.A.: $700,000
  • Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd.: $4,100,000
  • Asiana Airlines Inc.: $1,500,000
  • Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.: $6,000,000

The Canadian class action lawsuits will continue against the other air cargo carrier defendants who continue to deny liability in the case.

For further information concerning this action, please contact Sharon Wong at 1-800-689-2322 or 604-689-7555, or email swong@cfmlawyers.ca.




Air Cargo - Status Updates:

February 7, 2017

Air Cargo – claims information - View

April 19, 2016

Air Cargo: Settlement with Cathay and Plan to Distribute Settlement Funds - View

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