$40 million settlement approved in HHG class action

| 1/26/2011

Purchasers of interstate household goods moving services may soon receive $40 million settlement as part of a class action antitrust lawsuit.

Plaintiffs alleged that fuel surcharges on certain interstate shipments of household goods had been inflated. The defendants, American Moving & Storage Association Inc., Atlas Van Lines Inc., United Van Lines LLC, Mayflower Transit LLC and Wheaton Van Lines Inc, have denied the claims but agreed to make $40 million available to pay approved claims, attorneys? fees, expenses and other costs.

A hearing to decide on approval of the settlement is scheduled for March 1, 2011, at the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Charleston Division.

Class members are defined as those who purchased interstate household goods moving services and directly paid a fuel surcharge between March 19, 2003, and Dec. 31, 2007.

Claims or a request for exclusion from the class may be filed online or through the mail. More information is available here. Deadline for filing a claim or requesting exclusion is Feb. 3, 2011.