DB Schenker gains allies in cartel damages claim

German railway Deutsche Bahn (DB) has confirmed French news agency reports that it has been joined by several unnamed corporations in its billion dollar lawsuit for damages against member airlines of an illegal air cargo cartel.
A spokesman for DB said: "I can confirm this report from AFP. Due to confidentiality issues, I’m not able to name the companies, that join our claim."
DB Schenker, the global logistics arm of DB, is seeking estimated damages of $2.5bn after filing lawsuits last month (December) in the US and Germany against airlines involved in a global air cargo cartel between 1999 and 2006.
But three of the seven airlines named in the US price-fixing lawsuit by DB Schenker have filed motions to dismiss the action.
They argued that the German-based forwarder had been ‘forum shopping’ – choosing the jurisdiction in which any damages payable were likely to be higher.
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