Plaintiff States filed a complaint against a group of airlines who were alleged to have used a jointly-owned airline data collection agency (Airline Tariff Publishing Company) between 1998 and 1992 to negotiate and fix prices. This allowed airline defendants to raise prices and eliminate
discounts without the risk of losing market share. A settlement between the airlines and States reached in October, 1994, provided for discounted ticket prices for States and their political subdivisions. Eligible ticket purchasers received a 10% discount between August 8, 1995, and February 9, 1997. Such discounts were available for eligible purchasers until $40 million in purchase cost savings (discount cap) was received by such purchasers. The discounts were available only for ?official government travel.? A separate private class settlement, to which the States unsuccessfully objected to as inadequate, was reached on behalf of consumers.