Contributing Lawyers


Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross


Andrew Hudson

Air Freight Anti-Trust Cases Multiply

As the anti-trust cases brought by the Justice Dept. involving the airlines and the air freight forwarders continue, especially related to movements between the U.S. and the E.U. and the U.S. and Asia, particularly China and Japan, now comes word of additional violations involving fresh cut flowers out of Colombia to Miami. Three executives and a company have been charged with conspiring to suppress and eliminate competition by “fixing and coordinating…” such cargo rates as peak season, security and fuel surcharges, the very same charges the focus of the other anti-trust cases. It is also alleged the parties in this case agreed not to compete for certain customers. The U.S. company was identified as Florida West, the executives named are Luis Augusto Afanador, Rodrigo Herman Hidalgo and Jaime Lara Rueda Sr. Hidalgo is also under indictment for price fixing arising out of movements from the U.S. to South and Central American following Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

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