JPML Won't Combine Airline Booking Antitrust Suits

Law360, New York (October 6, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday denied Sabre Inc.'s bid to consolidate in Texas federal court two suits accusing the company of monopolizing the airline booking business, ruling Sabre had not demonstrated a need to centralize the litigation.

The panel said that where only a small number of actions are involved, the moving party bears a heavier burden to demonstrate the need for centralization. American Airlines Inc. and U.S. Airways Inc., the plaintiffs in the underlying Texas and New York lawsuits, respectively, had...
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