In Bazerman v. American Airlines, Inc., Plaintiff Max Bazerman alleged that American Airlines systematically breached its contract with passengers by charging them fees to check bags that should have been free. Plaintiff is represented by GBDH and the Law Offices of Benjamin Edelman and filed this case as a putative class action on July 13, 2017.
On April 8, 2019, Judge William G. Young of the District of Massachusetts granted final approval of a class settlement. Under the settlement, individuals who filed timely, valid claims and were verified as members of the settlement class will receive either a full refund plus interest, or a 75% refund, of incorrectly charged checked bag fees. In total, approximately 191,025 class members will receive refunds, totaling roughly $6,809,178. At the final approval hearing, Judge William G. Young of the District of Massachusetts praised the settlement and touted GBDH’s work as “exemplary.” He approved at least $2.25 million in attorneys’ fees and costs. Under the settlement, attorneys’ fees have no effect on class members’ recoveries.