Agent Issues Will this affect the Lufthansa settlement? November 13, 2003 Share 1 -- udge W. Earl Britt's decision in the Sarah Hall case had a number of observers asking about Lufthansa, which had already settled. Does the judge's order to dismiss the case have any effect on Lufthansa's settlement? The answer is no. Lufthansa is already out of the case. In response to a query, the airline said, "We were proactive in reaching the settlement, we are pleased with the settlement and it is a binding agreement."Daniel Shulman, Hall's attorney, agreed: "The deal's the deal. Lufthansa has settled. That deal is in place. We think it is good not only for the travel agents, but it will be good for Lufthansa. If it gives them a lot more business, they'll be glad they did it, and we hope that's what happens."Some agents, however, objected to the settlement and filed to appeal it on the grounds that it's not generous enough. Now that Britt has poked holes in Hall's case against the airlines, will those agents continue the appeal?One of the agents' attorneys, Frank Tomlinson in Birmingham, Ala., said it hasn't been decided, but "we'll know by the end of the year."On the other hand, Brenda Matthews, litigation assistant to co-counsel Albert Bacharach in Gainesville, Fla., said, "The appeal will continue."As for the agents, Babette Rinis at Rinis Travel in Silver Spring, Md., said Britt's action does not affect the issue of whether the Lufthansa offer is a good one. As far as she knows, the agents' appeal is "still proceeding."