On August 21, 2009, Judge John Gleeson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York overruled a magistrate judge’s recommendation to dismiss antitrust and other claims asserted in a multi-district putative class action against domestic and foreign airlines that provide airfreight-shipping services. See In Re Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation, 06-MD-1775 (JG) (VVP) (MDL No. 1775) (the “Opinion”). The Air Cargo case arises from investigations into the air cargo industry by competition authorities around the globe. Plaintiffs are direct and indirect domestic and foreign purchasers of airfreight shipping services who purportedly paid uncompetitive fees as a result of price-fixing carried out by, inter alia, the defendants’ concerted imposition of surcharges.
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