Hyatt Corp. shot back Friday at the booking company that brought an antitrust suit that accuses it of conspiring with other hotel chains not to compete for web search terms, telling a Texas federal court that TravelPass' business “depends on deceiving customers.”
A Texas federal judge on Friday adopted a magistrate judge's recommendation that a travel booking company's conspiracy lawsuit against Caesars and other hotel groups be allowed to move forward, rejecting Caesars' call for an early dismissal of the claims.
Caesars railed against a magistrate judge's recommendation that a travel-booking company's conspiracy lawsuit against it be allowed to move forward, arguing in Texas federal court that the decision was reached after "little analysis" and is contrary to settled case law.
A Texas federal magistrate judge has rejected bids by eight hotel groups, including Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt, to throw out a travel-booking company's suit claiming they plotted to avoid competing for internet search terms, saying it has sufficiently claimed antitrust injury.
A group of major hotel chains has asked a federal judge in Texas to force TravelPass to turn over two sets of documents — one from a Federal Trade Commission investigation and another from arbitration with Expedia — that the hotels argue will show the lawsuit alleging they conspired to hurt TravelPass' business is baseless.
TravelPass on Tuesday opposed Caesars' request to exit its suit accusing leading hotel chains of conspiring not to compete for search terms, saying Caesars is misconstruing the accusations TravelPass has made against the hotel chain.
Caesars urged a Texas federal court on Friday to dismiss it from TravelPass's suit accusing leading hotel chains of conspiring not to compete for search terms, arguing that the only alleged evidence connecting it to the scheme does not exist.
Hilton, Marriott and other leading hotel chains facing an online travel agent's suit accusing them of anti-competitive behavior, including agreeing not to compete for advertising search terms, objected Thursday to a magistrate judge's report and recommendation that the litigation remain in Texas.
A Texas federal court has denied a bid by major hotel chains including Hilton and Marriott to transfer to Illinois an online travel agency’s antitrust suit accusing them of agreeing not to compete for advertising search terms and preventing websites from bidding on terms incorporating their brands.
An online travel agency has urged a Texas federal court not to toss its suit accusing hotel chains including Hilton and Marriott of agreeing not to compete for advertising search terms and preventing sites from bidding on terms incorporating their brands, saying it has made plausible antitrust conspiracy claims.