Delta Sanctioned Over Discovery For Baggage Fee Fixing Suit

By Lana Birbrair (February 3, 2012, 7:31 PM EST) -- A Georgia federal judge on Friday imposed sanctions on Delta Air Lines Inc. and reopened discovery in class action multidistrict litigation alleging Delta and AirTran Airways Inc. conspired to fix baggage fees, after the plaintiffs learned that Delta had delayed producing relevant documents.

U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr. granted the plaintiffs' motions for sanctions and to reopen discovery, which they requested after Delta produced relevant documents from backup tapes that the airline had claimed did not exist and from hard drives the company mistakenly said had already been searched.

The new documents allegedly contradicted deposition testimony from several Delta...

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