About The Complaint
Deutsche Bahn (DB), the German railway company, and its global logistics subsidiary, Schenker AG, have brought legal actions in the U.S. and Germany, seeking damages from a group of airlines for colluding to fix air cargo rates from 1999 until at least 2006. DB and Schenker allege that the airlines effectively acted as a cartel, overcharging freight forwarders such as Schenker for fuel and security surcharges which the airlines added to base rates. The full complaint filed in the U.S. is available for download below.
What are these cases about? Deutsche Bahn (DB), the German railway company, and its global logistics subsidiary, Schenker AG, are seeking damages from a group of airlines for colluding to fix air cargo rates from 1999 until at least 2006.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS
As the world’s second largest transport and logistics company, Deutsche Bahn partners with hundreds of transportation companies around the world to make sure our customers’ products are delivered on time, securely, and at the fairest possible price. The honest and open relationships we have with these companies are critical to our business and to the global freight forwarding industry. As a company, we believe that discussion and engagement among partners are always the best ways to settle disputes. But sometimes these approaches simply don’t work, and we have to find other ways to bring about just and reasonable solutions. We find ourselves in one of those situations today. Deutsche Bahn …
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DB issues statement in air cargo cartel case
(Berlin, Germany, March 2, 2015) Deutsche Bahn (DB) AG, the German railway company, today issued the following statement in connection with a Wall Street Journal report about the air cargo cartel litigation brought by its logistics subsidiary, Schenker AG: “Deutsche Bahn can confirm that its logistics subsidiary, Schenker AG, has dismissed its claims against Nippon Cargo, SAS and Cargolux in the air cargo cartel lawsuit brought in the Eastern District of New York. Schenker will continue to pursue its claims against other air carriers and seek damages relating to the air carriers’ anticompetitive conduct alleged in the U.S. cartel lawsuit, based on the legal principle of joint and several liability. …
DB seeks estimated damages of $2.5 billion in lawsuits against airlines in air cargo cartel
Treble Damages could increase the total risks for sued Airlines up to more than $ 3.3 billion (Berlin, Germany, December 1, 2014) Deutsche Bahn (DB) AG, the German railway company, today announced that its logistics subsidiary, Schenker AG, will seek damages estimated at $2.5 billion — approximately $370 million in the U.S. and $2.25 billion in Germany including interest — from air cargo carriers found guilty by the U.S. Department of Justice, the European Commission and other international authorities for operating a global price-fixing cartel. The U.S. portion could increase to an estimated $1.1 billion if the court awards treble damages in the case. Schenker AG is the latest international …
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