Articles tagged “antitrust”

Google Is Rigged. Just Not the Way Trump Thinks It Is.

Google Is Rigged. Just Not the Way Trump Thinks It Is.

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google clearly places its own travel businesses front and center in its search results to the detriment of competitors. Google argues that this benefits consumers. If you buy that argument, then you also probably believe that Google always knows best.

2 months ago

$5 Billion EU Fine Against Google Brings Travel Back Into the Spotlight

$5 Billion EU Fine Against Google Brings Travel Back Into the Spotlight

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With another multibillion dollar fine handed down, we might be getting nearer to the European Commission taking a closer look at Google's travel products.

4 months ago

Yelp Targets Google Employees in New Antitrust Drive

Yelp Targets Google Employees in New Antitrust Drive

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Yelp's efforts to see tighter regulation of Google's business practices could have more success this time around than several years ago, when the U.S. Federal Trade Commission dropped the ball. European Union regulators have really cast the previous U.S. effort in a shameful light, and the Trump team may be more sympathetic than the Obama administration.

6 months ago

Google Travel Feeling Intensified Antitrust Pressure

Google Travel Feeling Intensified Antitrust Pressure

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Might 2018 be the year U.S. regulators take a hard look anew at Google's travel-business practices after declining to take action in 2012? We hope so, in the interests of fair play, although the Trump Administration has been keen to reduce government regulation of businesses, not increase it.

11 months ago

Are Hotels and Online Travel Agencies Colluding on Keyword Bidding?

Are Hotels and Online Travel Agencies Colluding on Keyword Bidding?

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The largest hotel chains and online travel agencies have deals on paid search marketing practices that effectively trim their ad spend on Google. But smaller players remain unprotected from tough marketing tactics.

11 months ago

Google Sues to Block EU Antitrust Fine as Travel Probe Could Be on the Agenda

Google Sues to Block EU Antitrust Fine as Travel Probe Could Be on the Agenda

Aoife White, Bloomberg

Google's move to appeal the fine will tie up the matter in litigation for an extended period. Meanwhile, much of the travel industry is waiting for the other boot to drop — a probe into Google's travel practices, as EU officials have hinted.

1 year ago

Google Slapped With Record $2.7 Billion EU Antitrust Fine for Biasing Search Results

Google Slapped With Record $2.7 Billion EU Antitrust Fine for Biasing Search Results

Aoife White, Bloomberg

This is a big defeat for Google although with $90 billion in cash, the $2.7 billion fine won't imperil the company. This ruling is about shopping and doesn't impact Google's travel services, although it gives Google's travel critics a bit of momentum.

1 year ago

Google Critic No Longer Leading Candidate to Head U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Google Critic No Longer Leading Candidate to Head U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Jennifer Jacobs and David McLaughlin, Bloomberg

If European regulators slap Google with a multi-billion dollar fine over its search practices, will the U.S. Federal Trade Commission or Justice Department just sit back and watch the action from a far. Expedia, TripAdvisor, Yelp and many others have a keen interest in the pick to head the FTC.

1 year ago

Priceline Group CEO Faults Hotel Association for False Allegations

Priceline Group CEO Faults Hotel Association for False Allegations

Dennis Schaal, Skift

There is ample competition among hotels, online travel agencies, and airlines in the U.S. travel marketplace as all of these sectors have seen a spate of consolidation. It may make sense business-wise for these companies, but none of it is particularly good for consumers or competition.

2 years ago

Turkish Court Limits Hotel Sales on Booking.com Website

Turkish Court Limits Hotel Sales on Booking.com Website

Associated Press

Contrary to published reports, Booking.com's dispute with a local hotel association, which involves a license requirement among other issues, did not prompt a Turkish court to shut down the site's operations in Turkey. The court order does order Booking.com to stop selling hotels in Turkey to domestic customers, and Booking.com says it is "blinding" those properties.

2 years ago

Alaska Air Nearing Deal With Regulators to Seal Virgin America Buy

Alaska Air Nearing Deal With Regulators to Seal Virgin America Buy

David McLaughlin and Mary Schlagenstein, Bloomberg

The Alaska Airlines-Virgin America merger is going to happen. The question is what did regulators force the airlines to give up.

2 years ago

Is China Holding the Marriott-Starwood Deal Hostage?

Is China Holding the Marriott-Starwood Deal Hostage?

Deanna Ting, Skift

In China, anything is possible when it comes to antitrust clearance and there are a number of potential reasons why regulatory authorities there extended their review of the Marriott-Starwood merger. This prolonged waiting game could be part of a larger strategy to extract concessions and finish off part of what Anbang started in March.

2 years ago