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TRAVEL AGENTS ALLOWED TO REDEEM TRAVEL CERTIFICATES IN PENDING CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

 TRAVEL AGENTS ALLOWED TO REDEEM TRAVEL CERTIFICATES
 IN PENDING CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT
 ATLANTA, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Travel agents will be allowed to redeem travel certificates awarded as part of the pending settlement in the class action lawsuit alleging price fixing on airline tickets, according to liaison counsel for the plaintiffs, W. Pitts Carr, of Carr, Tabb & Pope in Atlanta.
 Certificate redemption, under terms of the original agreement, was only allowed through the defendant airlines.
 In an order agreed to by counsel for all defendants and plaintiffs and signed Sept. 23 by Marvin H. Shoob, senior United States district judge, Northern District of Georgia, "...certificates redeemed through travel agents will be honored by each settling defendant."
 The class action lawsuit, filed in July 1990, is pending in United States District Court in Atlanta. The lawsuit alleges that the defendant airlines and the Airline Tariff Publishing Company, Inc. violated antitrust laws by engaging in a conspiracy to fix prices. While none of the defendants admitted wrongdoing, settlements were reached which total $458 million, including $408 million in travel certificates and $50 million in cash.
 The lawsuit covers purchasers of tickets between Jan. 1, 1988 and June 30, 1992 on American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Midway Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Pan American World Airways, Trans World Airlines, United Airlines and USAir.
 A hearing will be held on Oct. 19 in U.S. District Court in Atlanta to determine final approval of the settlement.
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Cosgrove or Joe Robb of CHD Public Relations, 404-892-4505, for Carr, Tabb & Pope/ CO: ST: Georgia IN: AIR SU:


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