Major Airlines Deny Conspiracy In Mexican Flight-Tax Suit

By Maya Rajamani (May 11, 2015, 11:59 AM EDT) -- Seven airlines, including Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Airlines Inc., asked a Georgia federal court Friday to dismiss a proposed class action that claimed they unlawfully charged Mexican citizens millions of dollars for a "Mexico tourism tax," arguing the suit falsely claimed they engaged in racketeering, mail and wire fraud.

While the airlines did not deny that they charged Mexican citizens and residents a $20 to $25 tourism tax for flights between the U.S. and Mexico, they said the suit, which claimed that they violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, failed to prove that the airlines acted together...

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