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American Airlines v. Travelport and Orbitz
American Airlines, Inc. v. Travelport Limited and Orbitz Worldwide, LLC
April 12, 2011
Antitrust Complaint - Bookmarked
Plaintiff American Airlines, Inc. brings this suit to stop and recover the damages it has suffered as a result of the anticompetitive conduct of defendants Travelport Limited and Travelport, LP. As this Complaint describes, Travelport effectively controls the distribution of airline tickets to a large number of business travelers. American also brings suit against defendant Orbitz Worldwide, LLC, which operates an online travel agency and benefits from Travelport’s monopoly. Travelport has engaged in exclusionary conduct, and Travelport and Orbitz have entered into agreements with one another and with others to exclude competition and maintain Travelport’s monopoly power.
Specifically, Travelport has engaged in various forms of unlawful exclusionary conduct intended to significantly limit the incentive and ability of its travel agent subscribers to shift bookings among different providers of airline booking services in response to ordinary market forces. In doing so, Travelport has ensured that American and other network airlines that rely on travel agents to distribute tickets are dependent upon Travelport to access the critical group of travel agents that subscribe to Travelport’s GDSs. In this way, Travelport has obtained and maintained monopoly power over American and other network airlines.
Counsel: Yetter Coleman, Paul Yetter, 713-632-8000