Southwest to settle in Chicago-born lawsuit over drink vouchers

Southwest to settle in Chicago-born lawsuit over drink vouchersA class-action lawsuit was brought against Southwest Airlines after the airline stopped honoring vouchers for free alcoholic drinks, which were given to premium-ticket travelers. The class-action suit was filed by a Chicago attorney, and the settlement is estimated at $29 million or more. The Chicago Tribune covered the story in their business section.

The original plaintiff for the lawsuit, Adam Levitt, said it had been normal for Southwest to give vouchers to customers like him, who traveled in their premium-priced class. The vouchers were for drinks that would otherwise cost $5 each, and there were no expiration dates on the vouchers.

Southwest, the third-largest airline in the Chicago market, decided to change their policy in August, 2010, saying that Business Select passengers can only use the vouchers on the day when they were printed, which in essence meant that all vouchers handed earlier were useless.

Levitt filed the suit in November, 2011, seeing the new policy as a breach of contract. The suit was filed on behalf of himself and all Southwest customers who earned drink vouchers through the Business Select program before the new policy was implemented but did not use them.

A federal court judge in Chicago approved the settlement, which entitles eligible customers to new drink vouchers, even if they no longer possess the original paper voucher.

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