Sommers Schwartz attorney Andrew Kochanowski along with a team of lawyers from other firms, filed a class action lawsuit against United, Delta American, and other air carriers alleging violations of the federal Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act. The complaint alleges that the defendants developed and implemented an illicit scheme to charge a “Mexico Tourist Tax” for travel on flights between the U.S. and Mexico, without any authorization from the Mexican government. The plaintiffs claim that the defendants buried the charge (ranging from $20.00 to $25.00) in tickets held by Mexican nationals, children under the age of two, and foreigners with resident status in Mexico, despite the fact that Mexican law exempted these travelers from the tax. The matter is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.
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