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Option consommateurs filed a class action against American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge regarding airline tickets purchased in Québec between January 1, 2010 and July 1, 2015 for scheduled flights to the United States, or between Canada and the United States. Option consommateurs pleads, among other things, that during this period, these airlines conspired among themselves to fix, maintain, increase and artificially control the price of scheduled flights in the United States and between Canada and the United States, to allocate market share and to unduly reduce competition. Option consommateurs believes that the cartel set up by the defendants had the effect of artificially inflating the price of the above-mentioned airline tickets purchased by the group members. 

The class action seeks a judgment ordering reimbursement of the portion of the airline tickets overpaid by members of the proposed class.

Who is a member of this class action? 

You are a member of the proposed class if you purchased an airline ticket in Québec for a scheduled flight to the United States, or between Canada and the United States, operated by one of the Respondents or their associates, between January 1, 2010 and July 1, 2015.

However, a private corporation, partnership or association is only a member of the proposed class if, at any time between September 21, 2014 and September 21, 2015, it had under its direction or control not more than fifty (50) persons related to it by contract of employment, and it is not related to the Petitioner.

What is the status of this class action?

On September 21, 2015, Option consommateurs filed an Application for authorization to institute a class action in the Québec Superior Court. 

The class action is currently at the authorization stage, and proceedings were temporarily suspended by the Québec Superior Court on February 14, 2017, pending final judgment by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the case Gifford v. Air Canada & al. (no 2120/15). 

How can I stay informed of the upcoming steps in the case?

If you are a member of the class action, we invite you to register to our mailing list. This way, we can communicate with you as soon as important developments occur in the file.

For more information, you can also contact Belleau Lapointe directly.

Pleadings and judgments


September 21, 2015

Filing of the Application for Authorization to Institute a Class Action.

February 14, 2017

Judgment Granting the Stay of Proceedings.