A court has ruled that advertising costs incurred by solicitors acting for claimants in the British Airways (BA) data event group litigation are simply the cost of “getting the business in” and should not be borne by BA if it loses.

At a case management costs conference in Weaver & Ors v BA, Mr Justice Saini heard that PGMBM had spent £443,000 in advertising the proceedings to potential joiners to the group action and planned to spend a further £557,000 on publicising the claims. 

Provision had been made in the group litigation order (GLO) for PGMBM to “take reasonable steps” to publicise the GLO, but BA contended ...

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