Boundary Fares Case Proceeding To Trial
The Boundary Fares case in the Competition Appeal Tribunal has been certified and will proceed to trial.
In exciting news for both our client, Mr Gutmann, and all train users, our boundary fares claim against Southeastern and Southwestern train operating companies has been certified and will proceed to a full trial to assess liability and damages The case has been brought against the companies for failing to make “boundary” fares readily available to Travelcard holders and failing to make passengers aware of their existence. This has resulted in millions of train users having to pay twice for the part of their journey covered by their Travelcard. The claims aim to put a stop to this double charging and are estimated to be worth around £93 million in damages to millions of passengers who have travelled in and around London.
Charles Lyndon is representing Mr Gutmann, an experienced campaigner on both consumer issues and the transport sector, along with its co-counsel Hausfeld LLP. The cases will now proceed to a full trial where we will argue for compensation for the millions of rail users who have been affected by the double charging.
The news through from the CAT today follows a four day hearing in March 2021. The CAT have approved Mr Guttmann’s applications for collective proceeding orders, granting him permission to act as a class representative to all those deemed affected.
An important step forward for rail passengers
“This is an important victory for rail passengers and citizens’ rights more generally. Charles Lyndon is delighted to have represented Mr Gutmann in these claims and is pleased the Tribunal recognises the position that Charles Lyndon have long held: that dominant companies have duties to make pricing transparent, especially when dealing with consumers. We look forward to preparing for the next stage of the claims with Mr Gutmann.”
Rodger Burnett, Director of Charles Lyndon
Boundary Fares – Next Steps
The cases will now proceed to a full trial where we, and our co counsel, will argue for compensation for the millions of rail users who have been affected by the double charging.
This is an opt-out claim which means that class members who live in the UK will be automatically included in the claim although they can choose to opt-out in due course.
We will continue to keep you updated along each step of this landmark trial here and via our social media channels.