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BMW and Bosch Join Deutsche Bahn Cartel Suit

(Aircargo Asia-Pacific)

German carmaker BMW and car supplier Bosch are to join Deutsche Bahn in two court claims seeking about EUR2.1 billion in damages from air freight carriers who were involved in a cartel. The firm is seeking EUR1.2 billion in damages plus EUR560 million interest in a suit filed with a court in Cologne, plus another US$370 million in the United States.

The airlines affected in Europe are Qantas, Lufthansa, Air Canada, British Airways, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Lan, SAS and Singapore Airlines. In the United States, it is seeking damages from Qantas, Air France, All Nippon Airways, Cargolux, KLM, Martinair and SAS.

The air cargo cartel came to light seven years ago and triggered fines in the European Union and in the United States. European regulators alone fined 11 airlines involved EUR800 million in 2010, an action that opened the door for private claims.