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Alaska Airlines Seeks Dismissal of Consumer Lawsuit Over $1.9 Billion Hawaiian Airlines Buy

 |  May 19, 2024

On Friday, Alaska Airlines petitioned a U.S. judge to dismiss a consumer lawsuit challenging its planned $1.9 billion acquisition of Hawaiian Airlines. The airline argued that the transaction would not unlawfully consolidate its power within the transportation industry.

In its filing with the Hawaii federal court, Alaska Airlines contended that the lawsuit, filed by consumers in April, failed to demonstrate any “concrete, particularized and impending harm” that passengers would face if the deal proceeded. Reuters reported that Alaska Airlines described the plaintiffs as “serial litigants” who had previously filed lawsuits over other airline mergers, labeling their claims as “boilerplate.”

Alaska Airlines refrained from commenting further on Friday. Meanwhile, the attorney representing the plaintiffs, a group of eight airline passengers from Hawaii, California, and other states, did not immediately respond to requests for comment, according to Reuters.

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The lawsuit alleges that the merger would exacerbate the current trend towards concentration and reduced competition in the airline industry, which the plaintiffs argue is “unmatched, unparalleled, and dangerous.” In response, Alaska Airlines asserted in its filing that the merger would significantly expand customer access to global destinations.

The proposed acquisition is currently under antitrust review by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Both Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines have stated they are cooperating with the DOJ and expect to continue doing so, as reported by Reuters in March.

The case, titled Warren Yoshimoto et al v. Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Group, is being heard in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, under case number 1:24-cv-00173.

Source: Reuters