Hausfeld settles with trio in airline action

Hausfeld has reached a settlement with three individuals who sought to strike out the UK portion of a ­settlement reached in the US courts.

In February 2008 Hausfeld’s legacy firm, Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Co, reached a settlement in a US price-fixing class action brought against British ­Airways and Virgin Atlantic (, 15 February 2008).

The £100m settlement gave eight million customers the right to claim compensation. Of that £100m, £73.5m was allocated for paying claims brought by those
who bought tickets for a ­transatlantic flight in ­sterling.

The three individuals challenged the ruling on the basis that the US courts should not have taken ­jurisdiction over UK claims. If successful it would have prevented UK citizens from gaining compensation from the US court.

Hausfeld worked with San Francisco firm ­Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy to reach the settlement.