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Delta, United to face class action over high airfares

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Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have been ordered by a federal judge to face a consumer antitrust class action lawsuit alleging that major U.S. carriers conspired to artificially inflate domestic airfares by reducing available seating capacity.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington, D.C., delivered her decision on Tuesday, acknowledging that passengers had presented a “fair amount” of circumstantial evidence indicating a conspiracy to limit seating capacity, ultimately boosting industry profits.

The lawsuit, initiated in 2015 following a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into potential anticompetitive practices by airlines, persisted despite the absence of formal charges. Passengers asserted that a conspiracy dating back to 2009, characterised as “capacity discipline” by the carriers, drove up ticket prices and limited flight options.

Previously, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines settled the claims for $45 million and $15 million, respectively, without admitting wrongdoing.

Delta and United defended their seat capacity reductions, describing them as legitimate responses to decreased demand, rising fuel costs, and the 2008 global financial crisis. United even termed it “perfectly rational Economics 101.”

Both airlines had recently emerged from bankruptcy, with United in 2006 and Delta in 2007.

Delta, responding to the judge’s decision, expressed its commitment to continue defending against the lawsuit, asserting that it had always independently determined capacity based on market demand.

United, on the other hand, expressed disappointment and indicated its intention to seek reconsideration of the ruling or file an appeal.

The settlements involving American and Southwest gained final court approval in 2019, but payouts to affected passengers will not commence until the claims against Delta and United are resolved. 

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Ford’s all-electric plan for Europe proves too challenging to achieve by 2030

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Ford has revised its plan to go fully electric in Europe by 2030, admitting it was too ambitious.

Originally aiming to transition entirely to electric vehicles, the automaker now plans to continue producing some internal combustion engine vehicles alongside electric ones.

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Democrats scramble to rally behind Harris as Trump allies launch next phase of campaign

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Biden Withdraws: President Joe Biden Ends Reelection Bid, Endorses Kamala Harris.

 

After weeks of battling to salvage his political career – claiming he wouldn’t be stepping down after a disastrous debate performance – the president’s sudden change of course was not announced through an Oval Office address or a campaign speech. Instead, it was revealed in a letter posted to social media while he was recovering from Covid-19 at his beach house in Delaware.

“And while it has been my intention to seek reelection, I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling my duties as President for the remainder of my term,” Biden wrote in a letter posted to X.

Harris expressed her gratitude for Biden’s endorsement, stating she is “honoured” and committed to “earning and winning” the nomination. Should she secure the nomination, Harris would make history as the first Black woman and first Asian American to lead the ticket of a major political party. To facilitate her candidacy, the Biden-Harris campaign has updated its filings with the Federal Election Commission, renaming its principal committee to reflect Harris’s new status as a presidential candidate.

Despite Biden’s support, the path forward remains uncertain. It is unclear whether Harris will automatically become the nominee or what alternative processes the Democratic Party might consider. Additionally, sources suggest that Senator Joe Manchin, an independent from West Virginia, is contemplating re-registering as a Democrat to enter the presidential race.

In response to Biden’s withdrawal, former President Donald Trump criticised Biden as “the worst president by far in the history of our country” during a call with CNN. Trump has also launched a fundraising appeal to rally his supporters.

 

 

 

 

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Trump allies launch campaign against Kamala Harris as he boasts an easier victory

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Donald Trump has said he thinks Kamala Harris will be easier to beat than Joe Biden.

With Biden out, Trump’s campaign will now adjust its strategy, focusing on attacking Harris and any other possible Democratic candidates. They aim to convince voters that Harris would be just as ineffective as Biden.

Biden faced growing doubts about his ability to win re-election, especially after a weak debate performance against Trump. Some Democrats also lost confidence in his leadership, leading him to step down.

Donald Trump said he thinks Kamala Harris will be easier to defeat than Biden. Trump and his team quickly began attacking both Biden and Harris online, claiming that Biden was not fit to be president and that Harris would be just as bad.

Allies of former President Donald Trump quickly launched their campaign against Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday afternoon, preparing a series of anti-Harris ads and planning their strategies for attacking her.

“I call her laughing Kamala,” Trump told the crowd, during his nearly two-hour appearance. “You can tell a lot by a laugh. She’s crazy. She’s nuts.”

 

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