Major Victory For Hospitality Cos. In Antitrust Suit

Law360, New York (February 21, 2014, 2:08 PM EST) -- A federal court in Dallas recently dismissed a major antitrust lawsuit accusing U.S. hotel companies and online travel companies of a conspiracy to fix online pricing of hotel rooms.

The lawsuit involved the consolidated complaints of several putative nationwide classes of consumers alleging collusion between hotel brands like Marriott, Starwood and Trump, and online travel agencies (OTAs) like Orbitz, Expedia and Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged collusion between the OTAs and the hotel brands to eliminate price competition by imposing “rate parity” across hotel room booking...
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