The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal quashes commitments in the online booking sector (Skyscanner)

Skyscanner: CAT quashes commitments in the online booking sector* In a judgment handed down on Friday, the Competition Appeal Tribunal has quashed the Office of Fair Trading’s decision to accept commitments in the online hotel booking sector. As the first case to consider such commitments, Skyscanner Ltd v CMA [2014] CAT 16 contains some helpful guidance, albeit that Skyscanner’s success actually hinged on a fairly narrow point of regulatory law. The OFT spent three years investigating the online hotel booking market, concerned about agreements which restricted the ability of online travel agents to discount the price of hotel rooms. Eventually, a couple of online agents and hotel groups offered commitments. Under the commitments, the agents would be allowed to offer limited

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Tristan Jones, The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal quashes commitments in the online booking sector (Skyscanner), 26 September 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin Platforms, Art. N° 69260

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