The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 13 will hear arguments from Sabre and American Airlines on their respective appeals of various rulings and decisions in the antitrust case, initially filed by US Airways in 2011, that a jury decided two years ago, according to a scheduling notice this week.
Sabre welcomed Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision on American Express' merchant provisions. The majority opinion "vindicates" Sabre in an antitrust contract claim it lost against US Airways and in its ongoing appeal, the global distribution system operator stated.
The U.S. Supreme Court today decided that provisions in American Express' contracts that prevent its card-accepting merchants from steering consumers to cheaper forms of payment do not violate antitrust law.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether provisions in American Express' contracts with merchants are anticompetitive. The liberal wing of the court posed questions and offered statements to suggest they are.
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Feb. 26 on a case involving anti-steering provisions American Express has included in contracts with merchants that accept its cards.
The American Society of Travel Agents, Travel Technology Association, Travelers United and two economists are backing Sabre's appeal of the judgment in the US Airways antitrust case.
Sabre on Wednesday filed a brief in support of its appeal of the December 2016 verdict and related U.S. District Court judgment on the antitrust contract claim it defended against US Airways and American Airlines, which adopted the case after the airlines' merger.
A New York state judge this month tossed 10 of the 12 claims that former travel agency owner Harold Stevens alleged in a lawsuit against Tzell Travel and its parent Travel Leaders Group. However, the judge overseeing the suit in the New York State Supreme Court for Ulster County will allow breach of contract and accounting claims to proceed.
As their federal antitrust lawsuit moves toward trial, Sabre and US Airways are honing the narratives they will bring before a jury. As is common in the pre-trial stage, each side is looking to strip out some of the other's plot points.
Can Lufthansa go it alone? The industry may find out in about three months, but the early read from industry watchers is the airline will struggle with its new distribution strategy without the support of other airlines.