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Household Goods Movers Antitrust Settlement
By Mike Holter
 

movingA federal court has preliminarily approved a class action lawsuit settlement in In re Household Goods Movers Antitrust Litigation. If you purchased moving services for household goods from American Moving & Storage, Atlas Van Lines, Mayflower Transit, United Van Lines or Wheaton Van Lines between 2003 and 2007, you may be entitled to benefits if the class action settlement is granted final approval.

 

The Household Goods Movers Antitrust class action lawsuit concerns the assessment of fuel surcharges on certain interstate shipments of household goods. Plaintiffs in the case allege that the defendants set an inflated price for fuel surcharges charged to shippers for those shipments under a tariff named Tariff 400N. The defendants in the class action lawsuit — American Moving & Storage, Atlas Van Lines, Mayflower Transit, United Van Lines or Wheaton Van Lines — deny any wrongdoing but have agreed to a $40 million class action settlement resolve the litigation.

 

You are a member of the Household Goods Movers Antitrust settlement class if you directly purchased household goods moving services for interstate shipments(s) from March 19, 2003 through December 31, 2007 under Tariff 400N or contracts referencing or incorporating Item 16 of Tariff 400N, and you paid a fuel charge directly to any household goods motor carrier for such shipment.

 

The amount of money you’re eligible to receive from the class action settlement will depend on a variety of factors to be calculated by the Settlement Administrator, but you will receive a per-shipment payment from the settlement fund based on the amount of that fund divided by the number of Eligible Individual Shipments. In order to receive any money from the Household Goods Movers Antitrust settlement, you must submit a valid proof of claim postmarked no later than February 3, 2011. This is the same deadline to opt-out of the settlement. You have until January 19, 2011 to object to it.

 

If you received a Notice of Settlement in the case In re DJK Residential LLC, you can still participate in In re Household Goods Movers Antitrust Litigation. The DJK Residential settlement is separate from the settlement of this lawsuit.

 

You are eligible to receive payment from the DJK settlement if: (1) you purchased household goods moving services for interstate shipments from Allied Van Lines, Atlas Van Lines, Atlas World Group, Bekins Van Lines, Mayflower Transit, North American Van Lines, Sirva, Sirva Worldwide, UniGroup, United Van Lines, Wheaton Van Lines or any predecessor, subsidiary, affiliate or agent of the above, at any time during the period from March 19, 2003 to March 19, 2007 and you did not previously opt out of the DJK settlement class. Both the DJK settlement and Household Goods settlement will use the same proof of claim form, available at www.HouseholdGoodsAntitrustSettlement.com.

 

You can find more information about your rights, including downloadable proof of claim forms, for the Household Goods Movers Antitrust & DJK Residential Class Action Lawsuit Settlements at the Settlement Administrator’s website: www.HouseholdGoodsAntitrustSettlement.com.

 

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Updated December 29th, 2010

 

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28 Comments

  • Anonymous February 5, 2011

    Household Goods Movers Antitrust Settlement
    get forms

  • Anonymous May 15, 2011

    Household Goods Movers Antitrust Settlement
    I feel you have misrepresented the ability to be a part of this Class Action “Household Movers Antitrust Litigation”. You say in the card I received from you “DO NOTHING: If you are a Settlement Class member and take no action your interests will be represented by Class Counsel without charge to you.”
    In checking here to see how things are going or for an UPDATE it sounds that BECAUSE I did not file we will have no part of the outcome!!!!! What is up here????
    We moved here to Alabama from Arizona Oct. 2005 via United Van Lines, that is well over a thousand miles!!!! You make things so complicated in your info the general layperson cannot understand what to do or what not to do. Please reply!!!
    Sincere Concern,
    Daniel

  • Anonymous August 16, 2011

    I echo this guys comment. What is going on? We used United Van lines in 2003 to move from Ca to NM. Please respond.
    I feel you have misrepresented the ability to be a part of this Class Action “Household Movers Antitrust Litigation”. You say in the card I received from you “DO NOTHING: If you are a Settlement Class member and take no action your interests will be represented by Class Counsel without charge to you.” In checking here to see how things are going or for an UPDATE it sounds that BECAUSE I did not file we will have no part of the outcome!!!!! What is up here???? We moved here to Alabama from Arizona Oct. 2005 via United Van Lines, that is well over a thousand miles!!!! You make things so complicated in your info the general layperson cannot understand what to do or what not to do. Please reply!!! Sincere Concern, Daniel

  • Anonymous December 28, 2011

    Definitely misrepresentation and the telephone number they provided is “no longer in service”.

  • Anonymous January 16, 2012

    We moved from Florida to Ohio on March 3,2005. To this date Jan 16, 2012 and despite sending all the required forms, I have heard nothing from HouseholdMovers Antitrust Litigation.
    Please inform me as to why I seem to have been excluded from the results of the litigation.

  • Anonymous January 20, 2012

    I echo all comments….It was a very misleading postcard. I, too, thought I needed to do nothing but wait for results based on the 4 options given on the postcard. I do think this was intentional to limit the number of claims filed. I would like someone with knowledge of this issue to respond.

  • Anonymous May 1, 2012

    I filed 12/31/10. Has this been settled yet. If so, I haven’t received a dime!!

  • Anonymous June 19, 2012

    I was just going through old paperwork and came across the postcard and was curious whatever happened with this. Were my ‘interests represented’? Was there a payout?

  • Anonymous August 5, 2012

    I also just found the original postcrd re: the class action suit involving Allied Van Lines. We moved from Illinois to Arkansas in 2005 and had terrible service.
    We moved again (in the same area) 3 years ago, so my new address is not on file. Any results from the suit? How can we check the outcome?

  • Anonymous September 18, 2012

    I received a card and have never heard nothing over a 2 year period. They have sent these cards to 3 different addresses: ALL WRONG. Can’t get anyone. Think the lawyers kept all the money!!!!! Please send an answer

  • Amy January 4, 2013

    I filed 12/24/2010 never received any further info.

  • John Quevedo January 28, 2013

    Whats going on with this. I have a postcard in hand. Never heard anything else. I moved a large household from California to Upstate NY back in October of 2006, within the window. I would also like an answer.
    Thanks

  • Mary Ryan March 4, 2013

    I am in possession of the same postcard as the people above. What is the settlement and why have I not been contacted? Please advise. Mary E. Ryan

  • Erik Riddarskjold March 30, 2013

    As “#2 Daniel,” I took the DO NOTHING option of the four offered, wording assuring me that as “a Settlement Class member….,” my interests will be represented by Class Counsel without charge to me. Since paragraph 4, above, contradicts this, PLEASE CLARIFY!

    I’ll be 78 years old on April 5, and have been a class member in a few lawsuits over the years, always taking the DO NOTHING option when offered. Just last week, I happily received a very nice settlement after several years from one of my insurance companies. Yes, I opted for DO NOTHING in that case, as well. Sincerely, Erik Riddarskjold

  • Erik Riddarskjold March 30, 2013

    P.S. I also was concerned when not able to reach you by the phone number listed on the post card!

  • Josephine Winslow June 15, 2013

    I have in hand the original card regading this class action procedure. No further notice was ever received.

  • Joan Sydney Hampton July 26, 2013

    What’s going on with this Household Movers Antitrust Litigation? I submitted a timely claim in 2011 and haven’t heard anything. The phone number for the antitrust litigator is no longer valid. How can I find out why I was not paid. I am Claimant #12345678. Please respond.
    J Sydney Hampton

  • Joan Sydney Hampton July 26, 2013

    What’s going on with this Household Movers Antitrust Litigation? I submitted a timely claim in 2011 and haven’t heard anything. The phone number for the antitrust litigator is no longer valid. How can I find out why I was not paid. I am Claimant #12345678. Please respond.
    J Sydney Hampton

  • Joan Sydney Hampton July 26, 2013

    What’s going on with this Household Movers Antitrust Litigation? I submitted a timely claim in 2011 and haven’t heard anything. The phone number for the antitrust litigator is no longer valid. How can I find out why I was not paid. I am Claimant #12345678. Please respond.
    J Sydney Hampton

  • Joan Sydney Hampton July 26, 2013

    What’s going on with this Household Movers Antitrust Litigation? I submitted a timely claim in 2011 and haven’t heard anything. The phone number for the antitrust litigator is no longer valid. How can I find out why I was not paid. I am Claimant #12345678. Please respond.
    J Sydney Hampton

  • Joan Sydney Hampton July 26, 2013

    What’s going on with this Household Movers Antitrust Litigation? I submitted a timely claim in 2011 and haven’t heard anything. The phone number for the antitrust litigator is no longer valid. How can I find out why I was not paid. I am Claimant #12345678. Please respond.
    J Sydney Hampton

  • Joan Sydney Hampton July 26, 2013

    What’s going on with this Household Movers Antitrust Litigation? I submitted a timely claim in 2011 and haven’t heard anything. The phone number for the antitrust litigator is no longer valid. How can I find out why I was not paid. I am Claimant #12345678. Please respond.
    J Sydney Hampton

  • Joan Sydney Hampton July 26, 2013

    What’s going on with this Household Movers Antitrust Litigation? I submitted a timely claim in 2011 and haven’t heard anything. The phone number for the antitrust litigator is no longer valid. How can I find out why I was not paid. I am Claimant #12345678. Please respond.
    J Sydney Hampton

  • Joan Sydney Hampton July 26, 2013

    What’s going on with this Household Movers Antitrust Litigation? I submitted a timely claim in 2011 and haven’t heard anything. The phone number for the antitrust litigator is no longer valid. How can I find out why I was not paid. I am Claimant #12345678. Please respond.
    J Sydney Hampton

  • Elizabeth Oettinger August 7, 2013

    As with the others, I filed timely [3/1/11, contract 123382, $3449], but have heard nothing. hat gives?

    Thanks

  • Elizabeth Oettinger August 7, 2013

    Correction: I filed 1/11/12.

    As most of you know, the administrator’s case website and telephone are defunct. However, my info so far,is that case # 07764 closed feb 10 2012 in the DSC; the DSC is looking into it for me.

  • Elizabeth Oettinger August 7, 2013

    final date correction [sorry!]::1/12/11
    SDC advised the case judge requires a snail letter before taking a look: this is the only way to get any insight/response, since the case has been closed.

    I have written a good letter and will send it certified tomorrow. will post results here when/if/as.
    Let’skeep all fingers/toes/eyes crossed…..

  • James Hojnacki October 8, 2013

    Sent required information 12/29/2010 and have not had any further contact from this site. Please update.

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