Last Friday, a federal judge denied Expedia's request for a preliminary injunction that would prohibit United Airlines from pulling its fare content now for flights that depart after their contract expires Sept. 30. At first glance it sounds like a win for United, but deeper in the judge's order and statements are encouraging signs for Expedia.
A bid by American Airlines and other major carriers for declaratory judgment in the US Airways-Sabre case has failed, according to an order issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield.
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.
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.
US Airways' five-year-old antitrust lawsuit against Sabre finally will go before a jury on Oct. 24, U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield ordered this week.
"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.
US Airways' antitrust lawsuit against Sabre is set to go to trial before a jury beginning on Oct. 24. The trial will be held in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, with Judge Lorna Schofield presiding. Below, The Beat answers questions about the proceedings, the issues in contention between the litigants and what could happen next.
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.
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.
Last month, each of the four mega travel management companies filed non-party memos with the federal court hearing the US Airways-Sabre antitrust case. In those, American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and HRG asked U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield to redact in-court disclosures that would reveal per-segment incentives each received from Sabre.