French Gov't Sues Booking.com Over Hotel-Pricing Practices

Law360, New York (May 28, 2014, 5:22 PM ET) -- The French government has sued hotel reservation website Booking.com BV, accusing the company of anti-competitive business practices related to its hotel agreements, according to an announcement Tuesday.

French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg said in a statement that officials uncovered unfair clauses in the Priceline.com Inc. subsidiary’s contracts that prohibit hotels from offering prices for rooms at a price lower than those displayed on Booking.com’s website.

The lawsuit, Montebourg said, “demonstrates the willingness and ability of the French government to enforce national rules by operators in the...
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