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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - April 14th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending April 14, 2017 is below. Additional details regarding last week’s long-awaited report on online travel by the European Commission are featured in this week’s...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - April 7th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Below please find this week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending April 7, 2017. The recently released European Commission’s report on the hotel industry headlines this week’s Update. - European...more

EU Concerns Remain on Hotel Prices and Commission Rates

by Bryan Cave on

We have followed over the last years Europe grappling with the issue of most favoured nation clauses and hotel booking. Our last update regarded a joint monitoring project between the CMA and the European Commission, designed...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 31st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Some interesting stories in this week’s GSB OTA & Travel Distribution Update (for the week ending March 31, 2017): - Restaurant Bookings Today, Hotel Reservations Tomorrow [SOCIAL MEDIA]. This week’s Chefs & Tech...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 26th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s Update for the week of March 26, 2017 is below: Airbnb cracks down on San Francisco hosts, booting out hundreds - Revitalization Partners, Mar 24, 2017 - Home-sharing company Airbnb says it has evicted...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 17th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

With my bracket totally blown by Villanova’s loss this afternoon, there is no time like the present to prepare this week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update. This week’s Update features stories for everyone. Discounted...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 10th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The Battle of Reports Continues [Short-Term Rentals]. By now, most everyone is likely aware of the AHLA funded study recently conducted by CBRE’s hotel division of Airbnb and its whole-unit / multi-unit hosts. The resulting...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 3rd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

La Quinta Expands Loyalty Program [OTA]. La Quinta is the latest chain to announce significant revisions to its loyalty program (La Quinta Returns). Similar to the recently announced changes by Hilton to its Hilton Honors, La...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Feb. 24th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending February 24, 2017 is below. Several interesting OTA stories this week, including an update on another Seattle-based travel distribution company, Utrip....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Jan. 20th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending January 20, 2017 is below. Not a lot of significant developments this past week, but next week’s Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles...more

Competition News - January 2017

by Dentons on

New decisions in France with regard to compensating the prejudice suffered by victims of anti-competitive practices - Any person who claims to be the victim of anti-competitive practices and wishes to seek compensation...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 16th, 2016

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA and Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 16, 2016 is below. This week’s Update contains an update on one important recent court decision involving OTAs....more

Auction service providers under investigation for suspected anti-competitive practices in UK

by Bryan Cave on

On 22 November 2016, the Competition Market Authority (CMA) announced the opening of an initial investigation into suspected breaches of competition law in relation to the supply of auction services in the UK. The CMA...more

U.S. DOT Issues New Air Travel Consumer Protection Rulemaking Initiatives

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced a new round of consumer protection-related rulemaking initiatives affecting U.S. and foreign airlines, ticket agents, and air travel consumers. As part of these...more

Hotels – Brand Expansion or Brand Explosion?

Consumer oriented companies commonly use “brand extension” to launch a new product by using an existing brand name on a new or related product, often in a different category. These companies use brand extension to leverage...more

Preliminary Report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry: Key findings

by DLA Piper on

On 15 September 2016, the European Commission published its Preliminary Report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry. Although the Report is preliminary, its findings already highlight concerns on the part of the European...more

Regulatory scrutiny of online hotel booking continues

by Bryan Cave on

The 13 July 2016 saw the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announce that it had sent a questionnaire to a large sample of hotels throughout the UK. As part of a joint monitoring project with the European Commission,...more

Pintrips Emerges with Its “Pin” Intact in Trademark Dispute with Pinterest

In a recent federal district court case in the Northern District of California (Case No. 13-cv-04608-HSG), Pintrips Inc., a website-based travel planning service, effectively pinned to the mat the trademark claims brought...more

Competition News September 2015

by Dentons on

The French Macron law and the framework of commercial relations - Promulgated on August 6, 2015, the law to promote growth, activity and equal economic opportunity, known as the “Macron law”, provides for a series of...more

Cheap Flights for Flying Blind

European discount airline Germanwings has a practice it calls “Blind Booking”. The concept is straightforward. Essentially you don’t know your destination city until after you have booked the flight. But for €33...more

Alice Challenge Fails But May Be Renewed Later

by Morris James LLP on

The disputed technology relates to methods and systems for remote ordering of products. The court held a Markman hearing and issued a claim construction opinion prior to issuing this opinion. Argument on patent eligibility...more

Copyright & Trademark Protections- Is Metadata Included?

by Ifrah PLLC on

A Canadian federal court recently released an opinion holding that meta tags, at least in some circumstances, are not entitled to copyright protection. Although the precedent is not binding in American courts, the...more

The Macron Law Modifies French Competition Rules and Procedures

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Macron Law Modifies French Competition Rules and Procedures. After seven months of discussions before the French Parliament, the bill on “Growth and Activity and Equality of Economic Opportunities” known as the...more

Montana: OTCs Subject to Retroactive Sales Tax Assessments

by Reed Smith on

Recently, the Montana Supreme Court ruled 5-to-2 that online travel companies (OTCs) were subject to sales tax under the existing sales tax statute. Furthermore, their liability is retroactive to November of 2010. However,...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – May 2015

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On 15 April 2015, the European Commission (EC) sent a Statement of Objections (preliminary statement of case) to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services...more

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