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A Guy Unexpectedly Walks into a TSA Bag Inspection: Don’t Let TSA Snag your Swag and Other Promotions Gone Awry

by Verrill Dana LLP on

With the increasing popularity of beer tourism and the statistics on brand loyalty (or lack thereof) among craft beer lovers, breweries may be looking for ways to promote their brand and keep their brewery’s name on the lips...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Keyword restrictions - Part II: 1-800 Contacts case; Trivago's strikethrough pricing practices...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending April 27, 2018 is below. This week’s Update features a wide variety of stories. I hope you enjoy....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Keyword restrictions: What exactly is the problem?; Tripadvisor acquires tours and activities...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending April 20, 2018 is below. This week’s Update features a number of stories on the emerging tours and activities space. I also included the first installment...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - April 2018 - Issue 7

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details of the FCA’s statement on the implementation period for Brexit; the requirement for firms...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Price-fixing fines imposed against FlightCentre; Red Lion's unorthodox approach to loyalty;...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending April 6, 2018 is below. A variety of stories are featured in this week’s Update, including an interesting follow up story on Red Lion’s somewhat unique (and...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Ctrip's earnings slip following regulatory intervention; Booking.com continues its evolution;...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s abbreviated OTA & Travel Distribution Update is below and features stories on the biggest distribution players – Ctrip, Booking.com, and yes, Airbnb. Enjoy....more

#Trending: Omnichannel Loyalty and Leveraging Social Media Channels

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Technological advancements in the current digital age allow consumers to browse and buy products on smartphones and tablets, bringing an unlimited number of retail options to their fingertips—literally. Thus, in an effort to...more

Third Circuit Ascertainability Requirement Puts The Squeeze On Orange Juice Purchasers

by Carlton Fields on

A New Jersey district court denied certification to a putative class of Tropicana orange juice purchasers from “Members Only” or “Loyalty Card” stores in California, New York, New Jersey, and Wisconsin. Plaintiffs alleged...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Airbnb continues its evolution into a traditional lodging company and/or distributor; Priceline...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Distribution Update for the week ending February 23, 2018 is below. Other than Airbnb’s much publicized rollout of its 53 new product lines (an exaggeration, but not by much), last week was a relatively slow...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Wyndham Joins the Loyalty Discount Program Bandwagon; Expedia Adds Event Tickets to Offering;...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending February 16, 2018 is below. Loyalty and direct booking make an appearance again in this week’s Update after an extended absence....more

Chilling: ICA Fines Unilever/Algida €60 Million for Ice Cream Rebate Schemes

by Jones Day on

The Background: The Italian Competition Authority has imposed a €60 million fine on Unilever's Italian subsidiary Algida, which sells impulse ice creams, for having implemented a complex system of exclusivity clauses and...more

CFPB finalizes changes to the Prepaid Account Rule and further delays effective date

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On January 25, the CFPB finalized certain changes to the original Final Prepaid Rule (the “Rule”) proposed last summer. The amended Rule still contains onerous restrictions on credit features and complicated disclosure...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - China shuts down Marriott's website & mobile app; Airbnb hits the jackpot in Las Vegas; Ctrip's...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending Friday, January 12, is below. This week’s Update features stories predominantly on OTAs....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Airbnb avoids liability for lease violations; Short-lived successes at Room Key; Hopper makes...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The first installment of our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for 2018 is below. A mix of stories in this week’s Update....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Dec. 15th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s Update for the week ending December 15, 2017 is below. Nothing too earth shattering this week....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Dec. 1st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 1, 2017 is below. This week’s Update features a variety of distribution stories as well as a report on the latest rankings of the large hotel loyalty...more

Navigating Disruptive Climates Hosted by Washington Hospitality Association

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Navigating Disruptive Climates, hosted by Washington Hospitality Association, was held on October 22-24, 2017 at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, Washington. My presentation at the conference, "The War Rages: Hotels vs....more

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

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending October 20, 2017 is below. Short-term rentals feature prominently is this week’s Update...more

Professional Regulatory Alert: No Loyalty Program for Drugs: Court Confirms Prohibition on Pharmacy Inducements

by Field Law on

The Alberta Court of Appeal recently confirmed that professional regulators have significant discretion to implement rules and policies intended to protect the public interest. Specifically, rules and policies may include the...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Oct. 13th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending Friday, October 13, is below. This week’s Update features stories on short-term rentals (or should I say hotels?), OTAs and loyalty. I hope you enjoy....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Oct. 6th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s short OTA Update for the week ending Friday, October 6 is below. Distribution, loyalty and short-term rentals are featured in this week’s Update...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Sep. 29th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending September 29, 2017 is below. This week’s Update is a lengthy one and contains a number of stories that, although not directly associated with distribution, I...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Sep. 22nd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending September 22, 2017 is below. This week’s Update features a wide variety of stories on distribution, short-term rentals and loyalty programs....more

Rewarding Loyalty: ECJ Holds that Loyalty Rebates Do Not Per Se Restrict Competition

by Jones Day on

The Background: In September 2017, the European Court of Justice (Case C-413/14 P) reversed the ruling of the General Court, which had upheld the European Commission's €1.06 billion fine on Intel for abusing its dominant...more

Antitrust Alert: European Court Of Justice Publishes Long-Awaited Judgment In The Intel Case

by Jones Day on

September 2017 What happened? Last week the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") set aside a General Court ruling that had upheld a €1.06 billion fine imposed by the European Commission on Intel for abusing its dominant position...more

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