The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit nixes a $15M antitrust jury verdict in favor of an airline company against a travel-planning giant (US Airways / Sabre)

In the first two-sided market case to be decided by a court of appeals since the Supreme Court issued its American Express ruling (“Amex”) in June 2018, a Second Circuit Panel in September nixed a $15 million antitrust jury verdict in favor of US Airways against travel-planning giant Sabre Holdings Corp. (“Sabre”). The Panel also reversed the trial court’s early dismissal of US Airway’s claims under Section 2 of the Sherman Act. The Second Circuit recognized that the remand would uproot much of the jury’s and district court’s findings in the eight-year long case. Nevertheless, it determined it was “bound” to vacate and remand in the face of “shifting legal winds” in the wake of the Supreme Court’s determination in Amex that antitrust analysis of a “two-sided transaction market” required

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Jeanette Bayoumi, The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit nixes a $15M antitrust jury verdict in favor of an airline company against a travel-planning giant (US Airways / Sabre), 11 septembre 2019, e-Competitions September 2019, Art. N° 96326

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