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Damages awarded to Virgin Atlantic masseuses – BBC News

“Two beauty therapists who suffered repetitive strain injury after giving hours of massages to Virgin Atlantic passengers have been awarded damages.”

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BBC News, 10th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Bmibaby court defeat gives hope to passengers let down by flight sites – The Guardian

“A woman who was overcharged by £1,300 on bmibaby’s website – when she was booking flights so a friend could visit his terminally ill father – has won a court victory against the budget airline.”

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The Guardian, 5th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Airline worker found guilty of terrorism offences – Crown Prosecution Service

“Rajib Karim, a software engineer for British Airways (BA), was found guilty today at Woolwich Crown Court of involvement in preparing a ‘chilling plan’ to blow up a passenger plane.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 28th February 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

British Airways plc v Mak and others – WLR Daily

British Airways plc v Mak and others [2011] EWCA Civ 184; [2011] WLR (D) 63

“The employment tribunal had jurisdiction to entertain claims for race and age discrimination brought against a British airline by employees based in Hong Kong, who worked for the airline on flights between Hong Kong and London among other destinations, since they did work partly in Great Britain and their employment was therefore to be regarded as being at an establishment in Great Britain.”

WLR Daily, 25th February 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd v Delta Air Lines Inc – WLR Daily

Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd v Delta Air Lines Inc [2011] EWCA Civ 162; [2011] WLR (D) 60

“Notwithstanding the difficulties which could arise in cases where the technology was complex, it should not be assumed that summary judgment was not for patent disputes; the general rules as to summary judgment applied equally to patent cases as to other types of case and where the technology was relatively simple to understand, and the court was able, on summary application, to form a confident view about the claim and its construction, in particular about the understanding of the man skilled in the art, there was no good reason why summary procedure could not be invoked.”

WLR Daily, 25th February 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

‘Airline’ man jailed for London to Durham flights scam – BBC News

“A man who said he was setting up an airline to operate flights between London and Durham Tees Valley Airport has been jailed for fraud.”

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BBC News, 20th December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Court of Appeal dismisses US-style class action bid – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Court of Appeal has dismissed an attempt to bring a US-style class action against British Airways for participating in an airfreight price-fixing cartel, just nine days after the European Commission (EC) fined the airline more than €100m (£85m) for its role in the cartel and told claimants that they could seek damages in national courts.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th November 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Malone and others v British Airways plc – WLR Daily

Malone and others v British Airways plc [2010] EWCA Civ 1225; [2010] WLR (D) 280

“When considering whether a term in a collective agreement was incorporated into employees’ individual contracts of employment, regard would be had, inter alia, to: (i) whether the provision impacted upon the working conditions of the employees; (ii) whether the provision was in truth a collective matter rather than a personal one; and (iii) what the parties had intended the provision to mean.”

WLR Daily, 4th November 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Regina (Kibris Turk Hava Yollari and another) v Secretary of State for Transport – WLR Daily

Regina (Kibris Turk Hava Yollari and another) v Secretary of State for Transport [2010] EWCA Civ 1093; [2010] WLR (D) 247

“The Secretary of State for Transport was entitled to refuse to grant operating permits to a Turkish airline and travel agent to allow them to operate scheduled and chartered flights between the United Kingdom and northern Cyprus.”

WLR Daily, 13th October 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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EasyJet founder wins Ryanair libel payout – The Independent

“EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou accepted undisclosed libel damages today over Ryanair advertisements which accused him of lying.”

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The Independent, 15th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ryanair guilty of misleading ads – The Independent

“Ryanair has been reprimanded for misleading customers with low-fare offers.”

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The Independent, 14th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

BA pays damages to passenger who was moved – The Independent

“A male passenger who claimed British Airways discriminated against him has received an apology and compensation from the airline.”

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The Independent, 25th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Regina v George and others – WLR Daily

Regina v George and others [2010] EWCA Crim 1148; [2010] WLR (D) 147

“Where a statute imposed criminal liability on an individual who dishonestly agreed with one or more other people to do a prohibited act, the intention and purpose was to criminalise that individual, regardless of whether those other persons were also dishonest.”

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WLR Daily, 14th June 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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EasyJet feud descends into court battle – The Guardian

“War between budget airline and its largest shareholder moves to high court as Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou accuses easyJet of breaching branding agreement.”

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The Guardian, 13th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Easyjet founder takes airline to court in row over branding rights – The Independent

“A simmering row between flamboyant entrepreneur Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and the company he founded, easyJet, is to be taken to court in a battle which could limit the operation of the no-frills airline, and even lead to it losing its name.”

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The Independent, 9th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

British Airways plc v Unite the Union – WLR Daily

British Airways plc v Unite the Union [2010] WLR (D) 131

“When, following a ballot the result of which supported strike action, one was asking whether a union and its members were protected from a claim in tort under certain provisions within Part V of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, the conditions contained in s 231 of the Act as to the provision by the union of information to its members concerning the results of the ballot were critical. However, s 231 was poorly drafted and it was not appropriate to adopt an over-literal interpretation of its wording.”

WLR Daily, 21st May 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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British Airways strikes banned by High Court – Daily Telegraph

“Air passengers have received a double dose of good news as the British Airways strike was averted and regulators changed the rules on flying through volcanic ash.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th May 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

OFT under fire over whistleblowers after BA price-fixing trial fails – The Guardian

“The consumer watchdog’s reliance on whistleblowers as the bedrock of anti-cartel cases is under scrutiny following the embarrassing collapse of the British Airways price-fixing trial. Legal experts warned that offering immunity in exchange for full co-operation with an investigation threatened to undermine Office of Fair Trading prosecutions by giving whistleblowers influence over evidence gathering and fostering complacency among investigators.”

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The Guardian, 12th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

BA price-fixing trial collapses – The Guardian

“Serious and significant failings by the Office of Fair Trading led to the collapse of the trial of senior British Airways executives over allegations of price-fixing with Virgin Atlantic.”

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The Guardian, 10th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Kuwait invasion airline battle back in court – The Independent

“An airline battle sparked by Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990 returned to the High Court in London today – six years after the emirate won a judgment against Iraqi Airways which now stands at 1.2 billion dollars.”

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The Independent, 5th May 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

BA pilot holiday pay row lands in court – BBC News

“British Airways is due in court to fight a union’s attempt to change its policy on holiday pay for pilots.”

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BBC News, 24th February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

BA cabin crew lose high court battle to prevent airline cuts – The Guardian

“British Airways cabin crew today lost their high court bid for a permanent injunction preventing the airline from imposing cost-cutting proposals.”

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The Guardian, 19th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Eweida v British Airways plc – WLR Daily

Eweida v British Airways plc [2010] EWCA Civ 80; [2010] WLR (D) 37

 “A Christian employee who had been suspended from work for wearing with her uniform a small, visible cross in breach of her employer’s staff dress code, which forbade the wearing of visible neck adornment, had not suffered unlawful indirect discrimination.”

WLR Daily, 15th February 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Lawyer jailed over £6m airline scam – The Independent

“A high-flying City lawyer who conned millions of pounds from her bank bosses to help a friend’s ailing airline has been jailed for five years.”

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The Independent, 6th February 2010

Source; www.independent.co.uk

High Court ruling reveals lawyer’s role in £380,000 aviation ‘bribe’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“A senior City lawyer arranged for a £380,000 ‘bribe’ to be paid to a former Indian state official in a failed attempt to unlawfully secure a lucrative aviation contract for her clients, a High Court ruling has revealed.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th February 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

British Airways faces renewed legal action – BBC News

“The union Unite is due to go to the High Court to try to get the changes brought in by British Airways to cabin crew last year overturned.”

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BBC News, 2nd February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government to consult on punishments for breaking online air fare rules – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government will consult within weeks on new penalties for airlines that employ hidden charges to mislead consumers. The action will close a loophole by which airlines can avoid penalties for breaking the law.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

British Airways strike blocked by court – BBC News

“A strike by British Airways cabin crew planned for Christmas has been declared illegal in a High Court ruling.”

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BBC News, 17th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sturgeon and others v Condor Flugdienst GmbH (Case C-402/07); Böck and another v Air France SA (Case C-432/07) – WLR Daily

Sturgeon and others v Condor Flugdienst GmbH (Case C-402/07); Böck and another v Air France SA (Case C-432/07) [2009] WLR (D) 338

“Airline passengers whose flights were delayed by more than three hours were entitled to compensation.”

WLR Daily, 20th November 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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BA facing union legal challenge – BBC News

“Unite the union is to take legal action to try to stop British Airways’ plans to impose new pay and conditions on 14,000 cabin crew.”

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BBC News, 30th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ryanair agrees website clarifications with OFT – OUT-LAW.com

“Ryanair will change the way it advertises its services after being referred to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) by advertising regulator the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA).”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th July 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

British Airways plc v Williams and Others – Times Law Reports

British Airways plc v Williams and Others

Court of Appeal

“An airline which based its paid annual leave rate for pilots on their basic salary rather than on what they might be expected actually to earn, including supplements, was not in breach of the statutory holiday pay requirements.”

The Times, 28th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

British Airways plc v Williams and others – WLR Daily

British Airways plc v Williams and others [2009] EWCA Civ 281; [2009] WLR (D) 126

“An airline which had paid its pilots during the period of their ‘paid annual leave’ by reference to their basic salary, rather than the pay they might expect to earn, including supplements, during a working week, was not in breach of the applicable statutory requirements as to payment of such paid annual leave.”

WLR Daily, 6th April 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Airlines that break emission rules could have planes seized – The Guardian

“The Environment Agency is to be given powers to seize planes from airlines which break the rules of a new scheme to limit flights’ carbon emissions. The transport secretary, Geoff Hoon, and the climate change secretary, Ed Miliband, will today announce the government agency’s new role, which goes far wider than its regulation of other UK industries.”

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The Guardian, 4th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Virgin Atlantic loses design rights and patent claims over flatbed seats – OUT-LAW.com

“Airline Virgin Atlantic has lost its claim that a rival airline’s seat infringed its intellectual property rights. Virgin Atlantic’s patent design rights were not infringed by a design produced by Virgin’s seat design contractor for a rival, the High Court said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th January 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Budget airlines break new rules on opt-in website pricing – OUT-LAW.com

“Budget airlines Ryanair and easyJet are failing to comply with European laws that ban pre-checked boxes on websites that sell flight tickets. New rules provide that optional price supplements must be accepted on an ‘opt-in’ basis.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd December 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

BA executives appear in court to face price-fixing charges – The Times

“Four former and current British Airways executives appeared in court today in the first criminal prosecution for price-fixing against a major UK company.”

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The Times, 12th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Stelios takes easyJet to court over branding – The Times

” Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is taking easyJet, the airline that he founded, to the High Court to try to limit its ability to make money from activities that may clash with his other ventures. The surprising spat between the budget carrier and its founder stunned the City yesterday and threatens to limit the airline’s ability to raise revenues.”

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The Times, 18th August 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

British Airways four charged with criminal price-fixing – The Times

“The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) yesterday charged four past and present executives of British Airways (BA) with criminal price-fixing offences in the first prosecution of its kind against employees of a leading UK business.”

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The Times, 8th August 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Office of Fair Trading to charge British Airways executives with price-fixing – The Times

“The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is set to unveil plans today to charge four past and present executives of British Airways with criminal price-fixing offences. ”

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The Times, 7th August 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

BAA sues Ryanair over unpaid landing fees – The Times

“BAA, the airports operator, has started legal action against Ryanair after the budget carrier refused to pay higher landing fees.”

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The Times, 5th August 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Overcharged British Airways and Virgin Atlantic passengers to claim compensation – The Times

“Millions of Britons who flew across the Atlantic between two and four years ago are being invited to claim a share of more than £70 million that has been ordered to be handed over to them.”

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The Times, 5th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

BA and Virgin in £100m passenger payout over price-fixing – The Times

“British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have agreed to pay up to £100 million in compensation to passengers affected by price-fixing on fuel surcharges for transatlantic flights.”

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The Times, 15th February 2008

SOurce: www.timesonline.co.uk

BA and Virgin may pay out refunds – BBC News

“People who flew with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic between 11 August 2004 and 23 March 2006 may be entitled to a refund of £10 per flight.”

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BBC News, 15th February 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Secret lobbying by BAE may be disclosed at judicial review – The Guardian

“Documents revealing secret lobbying by the arms giant BAE are expected to be disclosed today by court order.”

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The Guardian, 14th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ministers confirm that US wants armed guards on transatlantic flights – The Guardian

“Ministers admitted yesterday that they are examining Washington’s demands to allow armed guards on US airline flights from the UK to America, and indicated that the request could affect the future of visa-free travel by Britons to America.”

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The Guardian, 12th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Passenger sues over crash landing – BBC News

“A passenger who was on board a plane that crash-landed at Heathrow last month is to sue British Airways (BA).”

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BBC News, 8th February 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ryanair ordered to pay damages to steel band ‘terrorists’ thrown off jet – The Times

“The five members of Caribbean Steel International were awarded £1,116 each in damages yesterday after a judge found that they had been removed unreasonably. Far from being terrorists, they were returning from a music festival in Sardinia.”

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The Times, 6th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Prison for air-rage flier who wanted to go business class – The Times

“A middle-aged man has been jailed after marching into the business-class section of a flight from Thailand and hurling a passenger into the aisle so he could take his seat.”

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The Times, 14th January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Cabin bag rules ‘could confuse’ – BBC News

“New rules for carry-on luggage that have come in at some UK airports could confuse passengers, a lobby group says.”

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BBC News, 7th January 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lords urge more air seat space – BBC News

“There must be a new minimum distance between seats on UK airlines in order to ensure passenger health and safety, an influential report says.”

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BBC News, 12th December 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

BAE chiefs face renewed corruption inquiry – The Times

“The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is to relaunch a criminal investigation of alleged corruption at Britain’s biggest arms company, BAE Systems.”

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The Times, 9th December 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Calypso band taken for terrorists sues Ryanair – The Guardian

“A blind calypso musician and his band who were escorted off a plane as suspected terrorists after a passenger claimed to have seen him reading a newspaper are suing Ryanair for about £1,000 each.”

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The Guardian, 29th November 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

BA offers £430 to strike-hit passengers – The Times

“British Airways is facing a multi-million-pound compensation bill after failing to keep secret a deal in which it has agreed to pay passengers £430 each for cancelling their flights.”

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The Times, 16th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk  

EU urged to keep passenger data – Financial Times

“European Union countries would hold sensitive information about all passengers entering and leaving the EU on flights under proposals unveiled on Tuesday to toughen terror legislation across the 27-member bloc.”

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Financial Times, 6th November 2007

Source: www.ft.com


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