Siprut PC Settles Drink Voucher Lawsuit with Southwest Airlines in Deal Worth up to $58 Million

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Plaintiff’s attorney Joseph Siprut says the settlement, “allows consumers to recover one hundred cents on the dollar.”

Joseph Siprut, founder and managing partner of Siprut PC

The law firm of Siprut PC has secured a settlement with Southwest Airlines in the firm’s long-standing, nationwide class action against Southwest Airlines over Southwest’s decision to stop accepting Business Select drink vouchers in 2010. The lawsuit (In Re: Southwest Airlines Voucher Litigation, Case no. 1:11-cv-08176, Northern District of Illinois) alleged that Southwest breached a contract with consumers when Southwest declared in August 2010 that it would no longer accept Business Select vouchers without a printed expiration date, and retroactively voided all previously issued vouchers.

The settlement constitutes a complete and total victory for the Class, as Class members are permitted to receive replacement vouchers for each voucher they were previously issued and never redeemed. Given the number of unredeemed vouchers in circulation when Southwest began refusing to honor them, the settlement fund necessary to honor all claims is between $29 million and $58 million. The settlement also requires Southwest to print clear and conspicuous expiration dates on future vouchers, and to honor those dates.

About Siprut PC: Siprut PC is a commercial litigation firm based in Chicago. The Firm and its attorneys have been appointed lead or co-lead class counsel in some of the largest and most complex class actions in the country. Joseph Siprut, the Firm’s Managing Partner, has appeared in dozens of publications and television and radio broadcasts worldwide, including CBS Radio, NPR, ESPN, Bloomberg Law, Law360, the Chicago Tribune, and more. He has been deemed by the media as the “Friend of the Frequent Fliers” for his successful litigation crusades against the airline industry on behalf of airline customers. Siprut PC is also co-lead counsel in the NCAA Concussion Litigation, currently pending against the NCAA on behalf of all college athletes with head injuries.

For more information, please contact:

Joseph J. Siprut
17 N. State Street
Suite 1600
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Fax: 312.878.1342

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