Senior PR counsels face US court over price fixing

JudgeJudy.jpg Now if she were appointed judge of this case, that´d be an episode worth recording, eh?

Two senior level communicators are among five execs named in a lawsuit seeking damages over the fuel surcharge price-fixing for which British Airways was fined $300m (£150) yesterday, Guardian scribes Wearden and Milmo report:.
“The scandal began in August 2004 when BA’s then head of communications, Iain Burns, called his counterparts at Virgin Atlantic. He told them that BA was considering raising its fuel surcharge – the levy it puts on tickets to cover the rising cost of oil. Shortly afterwards, both companies simultaneously increased the charge. The other senior comms practitioner named in the lawsuit, filed by Washington law firm Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, is Paul Moore, Virgin Atlantic’s former communications director. Willy Boulter, the current commercial director of Virgin Atlantic makes up the flying five.
Moore is rumoured to have resurfaced lately at FirstGroup, the UK’s largest transport firm, as PA and comms director, says the Plane Facts blog.

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