On September 12, Deutsche Lufthansa said it would pay $85 million to settle 80 class-action lawsuits in the United States in a price-fixing inquiry involving its air cargo unit. The payment would release the airline and Swiss International Air Lines, which it is taking over, from pending lawsuits in the United States. The settlement is subject to court approval. Lufthansa Cargo is among nine airlines accused of violating antitrust laws by fixing prices in the $50 billion global air cargo market. The European Union and United States authorities requested information from at least 12 carriers in February; the inquiry focused on surcharges for fuel and security risks.
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