BA in the clear over price-fixing after OFT make evidence cock-up

10 May 2010

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A phenomenal amount of time and money has been flushed down the toilet today with the collapse of the trial against three former British Airways executives over price-fixing with Virgin Atlantic over fuel surcharge prices.

The prosecution QC threw in the towel this morning and told the judge that he would be offering no evidence after it emerged that the Office of Fair Trading had failed to disclose key information to the defence.

In particular, there was one recently-discovered email which suggested that Virgin had increased their fuel surcharge without any discussion with BA, something that hmmm, kind of makes the case look shakier than Shakin’ Stevens riding a Penny Farthing down a cobbled street.

The charges focussed on an 18-month period when fuel surcharges rose from £5 to £60 for a typical long-haul return ticket. One of the defence QCs said that if this email had been disclosed earlier, the case would probably have never made it to court. Well done OFT!

Knobheads.

TOPICS:   Travel   Economy

9 comments

  • Nobby
    We have the best justice system in the world. Costs a fortune and no-one is guilty of anything. Compare it to China's ... they pay bean shoots and everyone is guilty.
  • MayContainNuts
    Yeah, those Chinese will never Panda to popular opinion....
  • Pedant
    Smells a little like the whole OFT bank charges case farce. Useless.
  • TeflonMan
    Still a strange coincidence about those fuel surcharges ...
  • singhster
    OFT = SOFT. I can't remember the last time they actually did anything useful. Everyone is always cleared, utter waste of time. Price fixing my eye, supermarkets are at it constantly via their price matching schemes.
  • Tom P.
    Would have been nice to see the smug smile wiped off Bransons stupid hairy face.
  • Captain P.
    I wonder how many lawyers got paid a stupid amount of money for this waste of time?
  • Nobby
    > I wonder how many lawyers got paid a stupid amount of money for this waste of time? Christ knows, but at least most of the money would have quickly filtered down to prostitutes and drug dealers.
  • raptorcigs b.
    she can sentence me any time she likes oooohhh!! yea baby

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