Simont Braun is representing Test Achats which seeks to receive compensation for passengers who were victims of repeated strikes by the Ryanair staff in summer 2018. The total compensation is estimated at € 16 million.
Simont Braun filed the collective action this morning with the French-speaking Business Court of Brussels (see the press coverage by the RTBF at 6’04” and the VRT at 8’30”).
We now expect a judgment on the admissibility of the claim. A time-period will then start to allow Test Achats and Ryanair to negotiate. If they reach an agreement, the latter will be subject to approval by the Court. If not, the case will be pleaded on the merits.
This class action is the 8th of its kind in Belgium since the entry into force of the law in 2014. It will raise landmark consumer law questions and high-end cross-border procedural issues.
The Simont Braun team representing Test Achats is led by Rafaël Jafferali and includes Charles-Edouard Lambert and Marc Baetens-Spetschinsky.
Needless to say, we will keep you informed of the next developments.