The Norwegian High Court has ruled that SAS must pay rival airline Norwegian NOK 175 million in compensation for industrial espionage, thereby rejecting an appeal by SAS over a sentence by a lower court.
In March a lower court ordred SAS to pay Norwegian for both damages and court costs for having misused proprietary information that it had gleaned from Norwegian’s booking system.
- I am pleased that we may now finally put this behind us, after Norwegian has won in three different courts, says Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos. - It shows that the court system is functioning and that unethical behaviour over time will have economic consquenses, he said.
- We are disappointed over it, but we have taken note of the ruling, says SAS Norway's information director, Knut Morten Johansen.