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State AGs are looking at Expedia, hotel practices in antitrust probe



(Reuters) – A group of US state attorneys generates investigating Expedia Group Inc. and hotel chains such as Hyatt Hotels Corp. and Marriott International Inc. for alleged violations of antitrust law in online booking, according to a court hearing.

Application in a district court in Utah refers to a dispute that was originally filed in Texas, where TravelPass accused the hotel chains last year of agreeing with each other and with online groups like Expedia, not to advertise to consumers who were looking for another company's hotel .

This means, for example, that a traveler who searches online for a Marriott in Dallas would not display advertising for competing hotels, claims the TravelPass trial.

That the law firm in Utah stated that it and an unspecified number of other state lawyers generally investigated TravelPass's complaints against Expedia and hotel chains.

The chains mentioned in a document filed with c Ourt included Hyatt, Marriott, Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Choice Hotels International Inc.

"With regard to the current investigation, a multi-time group has been formed, but other states may be reluctant to agree if there is a risk of future disclosure of their confidential messages, "said the law firm in Utah in the archive.

According to the application, the Utah investigation was opened in 201

7 and continues to be active.

The case is similar to that hotel customers accused of hotel conspiracy chains in order not to compete with each other online. A judge decided in March that this case could go on.

Expedia, Caesars and Choice did not respond to a request for comment. Hyatt and Marriott declined comment.

                    


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