Posted January 27, 2017

Court Exhibits From Sabre Flesh Out Airline Conspiracy Claims

In 2013, Sabre filed heavily redacted counterclaims against US Airways alleging the airline colluded with competing carriers on dealings with global distribution systems. The claims never proceeded as part of their years-long antitrust lawsuit, which landed a verdict in the airline's favor last month. Read More »
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Posted January 10, 2017

Sabre Picks Apart Verdict In Plea For Favorable Judgment

As expected, Sabre on Monday filed a motion with the federal court that oversaw the antitrust claim it unsuccessfully defended against US Airways, now American Airlines. The global distribution system operator asked a federal court to issue a judgment in its favor, despite a jury verdict that had sided with the airline. "In the alternative," Sabre asked the court to grant a new trial on the contract claim on which US Airways prevailed last month. Read More »
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Posted December 22, 2016

Takeaways, Next Steps And Implications Of US Airways-Sabre Verdict

This week, an 11-member jury found that Sabre "unreasonably restrained trade" via a 2011 contract with US Airways. Here are some takeaways on the verdict, based on conversations with representatives from airlines, the investment sector and the legal community, as well as consultants and industry watchers. Read More »
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Posted December 20, 2016

US Airways Prevails In Antitrust Contract Claim, Sabre Plans To Contest Verdict

An 11-member jury found that Sabre's contract provisions ran counter to federal antitrust law and awarded US Airways, now American Airlines, $5.1 million in damages. Read More »
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Posted December 15, 2016

Judge Hands US Airways-Sabre Case To Jury After Closing Arguments

"Here we are at last," U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield said Wednesday morning in a federal court here, kicking off the final day at trial in the five-year-plus antitrust case between US Airways and Sabre. At last, plaintiff US Airways, now American Airlines, and defendant Sabre made their final pleas to the jury in closing arguments. Read More »
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Posted October 26, 2016

In Opening Arguments, US Airways And Sabre Tussle For Command Of Trial Narrative

Over the next couple months, US Airways must persuade a jury that provisions in Sabre's 2011 contract harmed competition and consumers and that the global distribution system operator conspired with rival GDSs to avoid competition for airline content. Sabre, meanwhile, must disavow the jurors of any such notion. Read More »
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Posted October 20, 2016

Judge Denies Sabre's Motion To Halt US Airways Trial

The judge presiding over US Airways' federal antitrust lawsuit against Sabre denied a motion by the global distribution system operator to dismiss the suit, paving the way for trial to proceed as scheduled, beginning on Monday, Oct. 24. Read More »
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Posted October 10, 2016

Sabre Tries To Halt US Airways Trial, Citing DOJ-Amex Decision

With mere weeks to go before trial, Sabre has asked a federal court to toss remaining antitrust claims US Airways has pursued against the global distribution system operator. In an effort to head off proceedings set to begin Oct. 24, Sabre argued that a recent U.S. appeals court decision in favor of American Express "obviates" the need for trial. Read More »
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Posted July 12, 2016

Judge Will Let Federal Class Action Against GDSs Go Forward

The judge presiding over a consumer class action lawsuit against the three major global distribution system operators agreed to let federal claims proceed but sided with the GDSs in tossing state claims, according to an order last week. Read More »
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Posted March 10, 2016

US Airways Just Spent $6 Million To Keep Sabre Case Going

US Airways paid Sabre more than $6 million to keep its nearly five-year-old antitrust lawsuit alive. That is the toll the judge ordered US Airways to pay the global distribution system operator before it could file an amended complaint and bring the case before a jury. Read More »
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