Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Travel Agent Commission Antitrust Claims


On October 2, 2009, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of defendant airline carriers1[1] accused of conspiring to reduce, cap and ultimately eliminate the base commissions paid to travel agents selling defendants’ airline services in In re Travel Agent Commission Antitrust Litigation. The Sixth Circuit’s decision is the latest to embrace the pleading standards of Bell Atlantic Corporation v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007) by requiring plaintiffs to plead non-conclusory factual allegations that raise a “plausible suggestion of conspiracy.”

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