Dominic O’Connell and Dominic Rushe of The Sunday Times reported today that a putative class action has been filed in New York against British Airways and Virgin Atlantic alleging a price-fixing conspiracy. The lawsuit reportedly was filed June 23 by Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, and alleges that “[British Airways and Virgin Atlantic] implemented their agreement by exchanging information in secret . . . communications.”
The article states that British Airways revealed last week that the Office of Fair Trading and the American Department of Justice was investigating charges of price-fixing related to fuel surcharges on long-haul flights, and reports that BA placed two senior executives on leave during the investigation. O’Connell’s and Rushe’s article, “BA and Virgin hit by US class-action suit over ‘price fixing’,” may be found in the June 25, 2006, edition of The Sunday Times.