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Air Freight Legal Battles do Nothing for the Industry, They Merely Line Lawyers’ Pockets

Posted March 19, 2015

(Alex Lennane – The Loadstar)

It is hard not to come to the conclusion that the spate of court cases between forwarders and airlines, and shippers and forwarders, does nothing for the air freight industry and its customers – merely pays a high tariff to the legal industry.

The latest news is from Schenker. In a court case brought by a group of customers in the US, including Mail Boxes Etc, Zeta Pharmaceuticals, Mary Elle Fashions and Kraft Chemicals, and which features Sony, Dell and Hewlett Packard as intervenors, some 80 defendants, mostly forwarders, their subsidiaries and forwarder associations, have been battling in court.

While the case against Kuehne + Nagel, Expeditors, UTI and Agility, among others, has been dismissed, Deutsche Bahn and Schenker have argued that if the case against Schenker Inc has been dropped, it should also apply to other parts of the business. Click here to read more.