Ohio has joined Utah and 22 other states and the U.S. Virgin Islands in opposing a proposed settlement of an airline antitrust case.
The case filed in February 1990 against nine airlines by the state of Florida accuses them of price fixing. It was pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.Ohio Attorney General Lee Fisher said Friday that under the proposed settlement, a base fund of $250 million will be established by six airlines and Airline Tariff Publishing Co., a system used by the industry to transmit fare information through the company's computer reservation systems. The fund will be used to provide certificates to consumers for rebates.
Consumers affected by the lawsuit are those who bought plane tickets between Jan. 1, 1988, and June 30, 1992.
Fisher said the fund will not be enough to provide for 208 million potential claimants nationwide.
Fisher said under the settlement, travelers will not be able to use the certificates during peak holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas.
An objection to the settlement was filed by Fisher on behalf of Ohio consumers Thursday.
"Consumers deserve better compensation than they are getting, " Fisher said.
The lawsuit says that through the ATP, the airlines were able to exchange information and illegally raise prices together.
The airlines involved in the lawsuit are American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Midway Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Pan American World Airways, Trans World Airlines, Uni-ted Airlines and USAIR.
Only Midway and Pan Am have not agreed to the proposed settlement, Fisher said.