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SECOND EXECUTIVE PLEADS GUILTY IN WORLDWIDE AIRCARGO PRICE FIXING CONSPIRACY

On July 28, 2008, Timothy Pfeil, a former executive for SAS Cargo Group A/S (“SAS”), pled guilty to serve six months in prison for his role in a worldwide conspiracy to fix air cargo rates for shipments to and from the United States. Mr. Pfeil, the second airline executive charged in this conspiracy, will cooperate in the Department of Justice’s ongoing investigation. Earlier this month, SAS pled guilty and agreed to pay a criminal fine of $52 million for its role in the conspiracy. So far nine other airlines, including British Airways, Korean Air Lines, Quantas Airways, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Martinair Cargo, Air France, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and a former Quantas executive have been charged in the DOJ’s ongoing investigation in the air cargo industry. More than $1.2 billion in criminal fines have been imposed.


Andre Barlow

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