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The Joseph Saveri Law Firm serves as court-appointed interim Co-Lead Counsel in a class action lawsuit filed in October 2015 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of U.S. air travel consumers against Amadeus North America, Inc., Sabre Holdings Corporation, and Travelport Worldwide Limited, along with other affiliated companies.

The suit charges the leading providers of global distribution system (GDS) technology with imposing unlawful contractual constraints on airlines that remove the airlines’ leverage to negotiate lower GDS fees and to develop alternative technologies.  These constraints cause airline ticket passengers to pay inflated prices for air travel.  Defendants allegedly kicked back a portion of the fees to travel agents as a bribe for their loyalty, ensuring airline dependence on GDS services.  Airlines pay Defendants roughly $2.4 billion per year in fees for GDS, which provides a technological link between airlines and online or agency vendors.

Consumers blame the companies, who collectively control nearly 100% of the U.S. market for GDS services, for illegally limiting competition and forcing them to payer higher rates for air travel.

“These companies’ illegal restraints on airlines have sidelined the competition and hiked up air travel prices,” says Joseph Saveri, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs.  “Consumers suffer most by paying unreasonably high rates for air travel, all because airlines are obligated to support this overpriced and outmoded technology.”

The suit, Gordon v. Amadeus IT Group, S.A., et al., seeks monetary damages, attorneys’ fees and costs, and injunctive or other relief for affected air travel consumers.

AUGUST 16, 2018

United States District Judge Katherine Polk Failla for the Southern District of New York issued an Order granting Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Approval of Proposed Settlement with Defendants Amadeus IT Group, S.A., Amadeus North America, Inc., and Amadeus Americas, Inc.  The proposed Settlement includes immediate and conditional injunctive relief.  Class Members may object to the Settlement no later than October 30, 2018.

The Court also appointed the Joseph Saveri Law Firm, Inc., Heins Mills & Olson, P.L.C., Lite DePalma Greenberg, LLC, Freed Kanner London & Millen, LLC, and Grant & Eisenhofer, PA as Class Counsel to represent the Settlement Class.  Class Counsel shall file with the Court a motion for final approval of the Settlement Agreement and the entry of Final Judgment no later than November 13, 2018.

A fairness hearing on final approval will be held on November 27, 2018.

Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Approval of Proposed Settlement with Defendants Amadeus IT Group, S.A. et al.

APRIL 23, 2018

United States District Judge Katherine Polk Failla for the Southern District of New York issued an Order approving class action settlement between Plaintiffs and Defendants Travelport Worldwide Limited and Travelport LP.  The payment of litigation expenses was also approved.  The Court certified an injunctive Settlement Class of all residents of the United States who purchase or purchased an airline passenger ticket from an airline between June 1, 2006 and the date Class Notice is issued pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. Proc. 23(e).

DECEMBER 28, 2017

United States District Judge Katherine Polk Failla for the Southern District of New York issued an Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Motion for Certification of a Settlement Class and Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement with Defendants Travelport Worldwide Limited and Travelport LP.   The Court also appointed Plaintiffs’ Interim Co-Lead Counsel (the Joseph Saveri Law Firm, Inc., Heins Mills & Olson, P.L.C., Lite DePalma Greenberg, LLC, Freed Kanner London & Millen, LLC, and Grant & Eisenhofer, PA) as Settlement Class Counsel.

Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Motion for Certification of a Settlement Class and Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement with Defendants Travelport Worldwide Limited and Travelport LP

Travelport Settlement Information Website

DECEMBER 7, 2015

United States District Judge Katherine Polk Failla for the Southern District of New York issued an Order Appointing the Joseph Saveri Law Firm, Inc., Heins Mills & Olson, P.L.C., Lite DePalma Greenberg, LLC, Freed Kanner London & Millen, LLC,  and Grant & Eisenhofer, PA as Interim Co-Lead Counsel.

Order Appointing Interim Co-Lead Counsel