A federal judge recently approved a settlement in a class action against Southwest Airlines. The case involved a class of Southwest customers who had purchased "Business Select" tickets. Southwest allegedly later failed to honor drink vouchers offered to those customers, despite the fact that they were issued without expiration dates. The parties, including lead plaintiffs Adam Levitt and Herbert Malone, underwent mediation and agreed to the settlement. The judge approved the settlement on August 26 of this year.
The settlement entails reimbursement of new drink vouchers to class members who fill out a claims form. Members are then allowed to sell or transfer their new vouchers if they wish. The judge noted that the fact that class members are getting back precisely what they lost weighed heavily in favor of approval of the settlement. Class members are to be notified through both direct notice and publication. The settlement also included an award for the named plaintiff, attorneys fees for the plaintiffs' attorneys, and costs.
The case is styled In re: Southwest Airlines Voucher Litigation, No. 11-8176, N.D. Ill.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 120735.