Hotels, Online Travel Sites Dodge Antitrust Class Action

Law360, Los Angeles (February 18, 2014, 6:36 PM EST) -- A Texas federal judge on Tuesday tossed a consolidated putative class action claiming a slew of hotels and online travel agencies, or OTAs, conspired to fix prices for hotel rooms, finding the plaintiffs failed to allege an actual conspiracy.

U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle dismissed without prejudice the plaintiffs' federal and state antitrust and unfair competition claims, saying they failed to plead an industrywide conspiracy to eliminate price competition among hotel room booking websites or that the defendants' "best price" guarantees caused them a legitimate...
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