LONDON, 5 February 2013: Passengers in Britain delayed for more than three hours because of a fault by the airline will be able to claim compensation following a landmark court ruling, aviation authorities said late last week.
A court in Stoke-on-Trent in central England created a legal precedent that could open the floodgates for claims when it ordered airline Thomas Cook to pay a couple £680 (US$1,100, 800 euros) for a 22-hour delay on a flight from Spain.
The court rejected the airline’s argument that teacher Jeff Halsall and his wife Joyce were delayed on their return from the island of Tenerife to Britain in 2009 because of “exceptional circumstances” beyond its control.
MARSEILLE, FRANCE, 28 August 2012: Low-cost Irish airline Ryanair has been ordered to appear in court to answer a string of charges of alleged breaches of French labour law, lawyers representing a pilots’ union said on Monday.
State prosecutors have concluded a three-year investigation by charging the airline with a number of illegal practices, including registering workers employed in France as Irish employees, preventing workplace councils from functioning and preventing access to unions.
The trial, which is expected to take place around the turn of the year, will be held in Aix-en-Provence, near where Ryanair operated a base at the airport of Marseille before it abandoned the facility in January 2011.
BANGKOK, 28 June 2012: Thailand has submitted additional written explanations to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to counter Cambodia’s petition requesting the court to interpret its 1962 Preah Vihear temple verdict.
Thailand’s Department of Treaties and Legal Affairs general director, Rachanant Thananant, said the Thai Ambassador to the Hague, Virachai Plasia, submitted the explanations to the ICJ 21 June.
“This was the second round of written explanations as required by the world court,” he said.
BANGKOK, 29 November 2010 – Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Monday dismissed a case against the ruling Democrats which had threatened the party’s future, saying the complaint was not filed lawfully.
The decision saves the Democrat party, led by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, from dissolution, but is likely to anger opponents of the government who believe Thai politics is subject to legal double standards.
“The filing by the Electoral Commission is unconstitutional because the process was not done properly,” said judge Udomsak Nitimontree, reading out the ruling at the court in Bangkok.