Global Airline Cartel Fixed Sucharges For 7 Years: Suit

Law360, New York (February 1, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A $200 million class action has been launched in Australia over claims seven airlines conspired to keep air freight prices artificially high.

The cartel claim was filed January 11 in the Australian Federal Court against Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Air New Zealand, Japan Airlines and British Airways.

Melbourne-based law firm Maurice Blackburn Cashman, for the plaintiffs, have alleged the airlines struck a secret deal seven years ago, which continues today, "for the fixing, controlling or maintaining of the price of international air freight services."...
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