Expedia's Practices Merit Antitrust Probe, French Union Says

Law360, New York (July 3, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT) -- A French hospitality workers labor union accused Expedia Inc. and two other online hotel booking services of unfairly blocking hotels from offering lower rates through other reservation services, asking the country's antitrust watchdog to investigate.

L'Union des Metiers et des Industries de l'Hotellerie, known as UMIH, lodged a complaint on July 2 with the French Competition Authority against Expedia, Booking.com and Hotel Reservation Service Robert Ragge GmbH.

The union claims that it has become essential for hotels, especially small operators, to work with online travel agencies...
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