Judge rejects Deutsche Post counter-subpoenas

Judge rejects Deutsche Post counter-subpoenas

The Department of Transportation on Tuesday rejected the latest bid by Deutsche Post World Net and DHL International to force the chief executives of U.S. rivals FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service to testify in the dispute over the ownership of DHL's cargo airline.

Deutsche Post and DHL had sought to subpoena Fred Smith, chairman and chief executive of FedEx, and Mike Eskew, chairman and chief executive of UPS, in response to the subpoenas of their chief executives issued by the administrative law judge in the case.

"This is about them, not us," said FedEx spokeswoman Kristin Krause.

"We are not on trial," added David Bolger, a UPS spokesman. The case is not about the citizenship of UPS and FedEx, but about the legality of DHL Airways' ownership and control, he said.

This is the second time that Judge Ronnie L. Yoder, the administrative law judge at the Department of Transportation hearing the case, has rejected a Deutsche Post bid to subpoena Smith and Eskew.

- William Armbruster