Articles tagged “litigation”

Tour Injury Lawsuit Tests Whether TripAdvisor Is Liability-Free

Tour Injury Lawsuit Tests Whether TripAdvisor Is Liability-Free

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Bulletproof legal immunity for "platforms" like TripAdvisor seems to have softened in recent years. What's certain is that as tours and activities go more mainstream as an option on booking sites, intermediaries will have to put more effort into vetting the tour operators.

3 weeks ago

Ryanair and Expedia Settle Screen-Scraping Lawsuits on 2 Continents

Ryanair and Expedia Settle Screen-Scraping Lawsuits on 2 Continents

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Screen-scraping lawsuits are as old as the internet. We don't know if any money changed hands when Ryanair and Expedia settled lawsuits in the United States and Ireland, but what seems apparent is that Ryanair flights have gone missing on Expedia websites. Case(s) closed.

4 months ago

Court Ruling Revives a US Airways Antitrust Case Against Sabre

Court Ruling Revives a US Airways Antitrust Case Against Sabre

Dennis Schaal and Sean O'Neill, Skift

A federal appeals court has asked for a partial do-over in antitrust litigation between US Airways and travel tech firm Sabre. After more than eight years and millions of dollars in expenses, the case has partly been reset to square one. Remarkable.

5 months ago

Airbnb Gets New Power to Inform on Rivals When They Are Scofflaws

Airbnb Gets New Power to Inform on Rivals When They Are Scofflaws

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Is the Boston-Airbnb settlement, which calls for short-term regulatory platforms to comply with a city ordinance, a model for future agreements? Too soon to tell but what's clear is that the alternative accommodations industry will one day transition from outliers to regulated entities.

5 months ago

Texts Between Sabre Execs About Farelogix Deal Fuel U.S. Antitrust Lawsuit

Texts Between Sabre Execs About Farelogix Deal Fuel U.S. Antitrust Lawsuit

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Sabre had tried the unorthodox legal tactic of pursuing its $360 million acquisition of Farelogix, an airline tech vendor, without waiting for approval from U.S. antitrust watchdogs. But it apparently didn't count on federal attorneys claiming they have text messages between Sabre executives acknowledging the anti-competitive nature of the deal.

5 months ago

Lawsuit Challenges Barry Diller’s Future Control of Expedia

Lawsuit Challenges Barry Diller’s Future Control of Expedia

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The odds are against this shareholder lawsuit against Barry Diller and the Expedia Group board doing anything to upend Diller's ongoing control of the company, so look for a financial settlement. But the issues raised highlight why good governance groups abhor companies that don't have truly independent directors.

6 months ago

Marriott Resort Fee Lawsuit Puts New Target on Long-Held Hotel Industry Practice

Danni Santana, Skift

Do not think that this lawsuit only matters to Marriott. Competitors are keeping a close eye on the case, knowing they could be next. The industry has a big decision to make about how it charges amenity fees, if at all.

7 months ago

Marriott Is Sued by D.C. as Hotel Resort Fees Come Under Renewed Fire

Marriott Is Sued by D.C. as Hotel Resort Fees Come Under Renewed Fire

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Resort fees are embedded into many hotels' business models, so it would take a lot to upend them. But the prospect is picking up a lot of momentum.

7 months ago

United Wins First Round in Expedia Dispute Over Fares

United Wins First Round in Expedia Dispute Over Fares

Dennis Schaal, Skift

United has leverage in its contract dispute with Expedia as each side maneuvers for position in the run-up to their contract expiration on September 30.

10 months ago

Expedia Files Lawsuit Against United Airlines in Contract Dispute

Expedia Files Lawsuit Against United Airlines in Contract Dispute

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It is relatively rare that contract disputes between online travel agencies and airlines reach the public domain unless they are at a breaking point. We'll undoubtedly hear more about this soon.

12 months ago

American Airlines and Expedia Quietly Settle Trademark Lawsuit

American Airlines and Expedia Quietly Settle Trademark Lawsuit

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It isn't clear precisely by what terms American Airlines and Expedia settled their trademark infringement lawsuit. What is known is that Expedia's Add-On Advantage program, the subject of the dispute, remains operational.

1 year ago

Expedia Faces Traveler Fee Lawsuit Alleging Tax Fraud and Racketeering

Expedia Faces Traveler Fee Lawsuit Alleging Tax Fraud and Racketeering

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Online travel agencies have been vehemently opposed to detailing the components of the taxes and fees they collect on prepaid hotel bookings because it would expose the wholesale rates they obtain from hotels and the markups that the booking sites impose. This lawsuit could potentially impose changes in Expedia's financial relationship with its affiliates.

1 year ago