Court Orders Delta Airlines To Pay Legal Fees For Withholding Evidence

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  1. sobore
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    http://avstop.com/news_february_201...o_pay_legal_fees_for_withholding_evidence.htm

    U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten has ordered Delta Air Lines to pay plaintiffs’ legal fees in an evidence gathering proceedings after it was discovered Delta Air Lines withheld 60,000 documents in a lawsuit (Delta/AirTran Baggage Fee Antitrust Litigation, 1:09-md-02089, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia) which alleges Delta Air Lines conspire with AirTran to fix baggage fees.

    Judge Batten wrote, Because there “is no smoking gun” implicating Delta in a conspiracy with AirTran Holdings Inc. to charge $15 to check the first bag as alleged in the 2008 suit, paying legal fees and costs is sufficient. The withheld documents turned up in a related civil investigation by the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust division.

    A brief history of this case as alleged by plaintiffs and defendants, Delta and AirTran compete heavily on routes to and from Atlanta because Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ("Hartsfield-Jackson") serves as the principal hub for both airlines.

    http://avstop.com/news_february_201...o_pay_legal_fees_for_withholding_evidence.htm
     
  2. DiverDave
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    And it's a win for the lawyers. :eek: no surprise there.

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    Shame this hasn't been done for SM violations of published T&C yet. I'd like to see how much evidence would be "withheld" when that case is filed.
     
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    I'm guessing there is enough weaseling legalise buried in all of that stuff that a lawsuit would be fruitless. A couple of years ago, a member (NoPlaceLikeHome, I believe) was huffing and puffing about a class action lawsuit. She was collecting information from her executive insiders at Delta, and the many FT contributors who were providing her with lawsuit material, don't you know.

    It was going to be huge.

    Two years later, nada. :rolleyes:

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