A judge in North Carolina decided in favor of travel agent Sarah
Hall and the Association of Retail Travel Agents to certify their
airline antitrust lawsuit for class-action status.
“It’s our understanding that the Honorable W. Earl Britt ruled
in the U.S. District Court (Eastern District of North Carolina) in
favor of travel agents by granting class action certification in
the Sarah Hall lawsuit,” said ARTA President John Hawks in a
statement at press time.
“We want to be the very first to congratulate Sarah on this
initial victory,” Hawks said.
“She showed the airlines that small agents can fight back. She
deserves the thanks of all U.S. travel agents for the enormous
personal and professional investment she has made in this case,
along with the dedication of Andy Anderson and the other attorneys
who are fighting for all of us.”
Hawks also said he wanted to thank ARTA Chairman Chuck
Covington, Jeanine Flaugher and Joe Vendi the three travel agency
owners who joined Sarah and ARTA as the five named plaintiffs in