Haynes and Boone, LLP Announces Win Against $8.5 Million Aviation Fraud Allegations

March 22, 2002

Allison Stuckey/Ginger Starr
Sunwest Communications

HOUSTON – The 80th District Court of Harris City, Texas presided over by the Honorable Scott Link, recently announced a 10 to 2 verdict in favor of ARG Processing & Services, Inc. and other defendants in a lawsuit filed in 1999 by Britannia Airways, Ltd. Britannia asked for $8.5 million plus punitive damages based upon claims of fraud, negligent misrepresentation and conspiracy.

Britannia Airways, Ltd. paid for invoices relating to approximately 2000 flights to Egypt in 1997-98 when it actually flew approximately 400 flights or less.  Britannia claimed that ARG Processing & Services, Inc. credit card processing should have discovered the overpayments.

The 1600 disputed invoices were in connection with services allegedly provided by Nile Valley Aviation in Egypt.  Notably, Nile Valley Aviation had been Britannia’s long-standing ground handling agent in Egypt.

Haynes and Boone attorneys Ken Broughton, Tom Cordell, Dulcie Wink and Debbie McComas represented ARG Processing & Services. Houston attorney Joe Reynolds represented other defendants in the case.  The Plantiff, Britannia Airways, Ltd., was represented by Locke, Liddell & Sapp. 

Haynes and Boone LLP is an international law firm with nine offices in Texas, Washington, D.C. and Mexico City providing a full spectrum of legal services to clients around the world. With more than 425 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by the National Law Journal.  The AmLaw Tech Magazine Scoreboard ranked Haynes and Boone first in law firm technology in 2001. The firm has also recently been recognized as one of the 25 “Best U.S. Law Firms at Which to Work” (Of Counsel, 2000), one of the “Best Corporate Law Firms in America” (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001) and recipient of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s 2002 Thomas L. Sager Award for commitment to diversity.

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