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Choice Hotels, InterContinental Settle Keyword Antitrust Case

Aug. 16, 2021, 7:52 PM

Choice Hotels International Inc. and an InterContinental Hotels Group Plc affiliate have reached confidential settlements resolving antitrust litigation over their alleged role in a scheme to prop up prices by rigging online search advertising, according to federal court filings in Texas.

The sealed agreements were docketed Aug. 12 and Aug. 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, where the case was brought in 2018 by Travelpass LLC, a Utah company that sells hotel rooms through digital advertisements displayed alongside search engine results.

The deals leave just Marriott International Inc. facing the lawsuit, which accuses leading ...

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