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Tuten v. United Airlines, Inc., No. 12-cv-1561-WJM-MEH (D. Colo.) - Class Settlement of $6.15 Million

On June 15, 2012, James Daniel Tuten filed a class action lawsuit under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (“USERRA”) alleging that United Airlines made the incorrect contributions to pilots’ retirement accounts from 2010 to 2011 in violation of USERRA.  The Lawsuit alleged that the earnings that United used to calculate employer contributions were based on the monthly “line guarantee” under the pilots’ Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”), and that instead United should have used earnings that were based on each pilot’s average monthly hours from the 12 months prior to the period of Long-Term Military Leave.

In 2013, the Court certified a Class of more than 1,200 United Airlines pilots.

On August 12, 2013, the parties reached a $6.15 million Settlement Agreement, and on May 19, 2014 the District of Colorado granted final approval of the Settlement Agreement.  Under the Settlement Agreement, Class Members received a payment equal to or greater than 100% of the payments they were denied from 2000 to 2010, even after subtracting the fees and costs paid to Class Counsel.

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Case Documents

Tuten v. United Airlines, Inc. Final Approval Order

May 19, 2014

Tuten v. United Airlines, Inc. Plaintiff's Unopposed Motion for Final Approval of Settlement Agreement

Apr 15, 2014

Tuten v. United Airlines, Inc. Order Granting Plaintiff's Unopposed Motion for Class Certification, Preliminary Approval of Settlement Agreement, and the Notice to the Class

Oct 31, 2013

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