Antitrust Suit Claiming Hotels, Online Travel Sites Inflate Prices Dismissed
February 20, 2014
A group of consumers who claim major hotel chains and online travel booking firms colluded to inflate the cost of hotel rooms failed to prove their theory, a U.S. district judge said in a recent ruling. The lawsuit, a consolidation of complaints from several states, named Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc., InterContinental Hotels Group Plc and Marriott International Inc., along with online travel firms Expedia, Orbitz and Priceline. “Just because defendants’ rational business interests can be recast in a suspicious light does not mean the allegations actually suggest a conspiracy was formed,” Judge Jane Boyle wrote in the decision.
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