DOT Fines Orbitz Over Deceptive Flight Prices

Law360, New York (October 17, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday fined the online ticket agent Orbitz Worldwide LLC $60,000 for allegedly understating the cost of flights on its website by leaving out tax and fee information.

The move comes less than a month after the department hit Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. with a similar enforcement action.

In a consent order, the DOT said Orbitz violated federal aviation law and DOT regulations banning unfair and deceptive advertising by failing to account for taxes and fees in air fares.

“Consumers have...
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