Expedia, Hotels Say Online Price-Fixing Suit Can't Stand

Law360, Dallas (December 17, 2013, 6:23 PM EST) -- A group of hotels and online travel companies on Tuesday asked a Texas federal judge to dismiss hotel room price-fixing multidistrict litigation, arguing the consolidated complaint doesn’t meet proper pleading standards and doesn’t allege an actual conspiracy.

Expedia Inc., Orbitz Worldwide Inc. and Travelocity.com LP, among others, say although they had vertical agreements on pricing, nothing they did constituted a horizontal, industrywide conspiracy to raise prices. They argued hotels have the right to set prices for their own rooms no matter the distribution platform, and that...
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