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US: Judge restores US Airways’ damages claims in Sabre antitrust case

 |  December 8, 2015

A federal judge on Tuesday restored US Airways Inc’s ability to seek roughly $210 million of damages in its antitrust lawsuit accusing Sabre Corp of inflating booking fees, even after the carrier had waived damages exceeding a mere $20.

Saying the case mattered to consumers hoping to keep down the cost of flying, US District Judge Lorna Schofield in Manhattan said “the interest of justice would be best served” by letting US Airways, now part of American Airlines Group Inc , seek meaningful rather than nominal damages.

The case concerned fees that Sabre and other travel reservation systems collect from airlines to display flights for booking.

US Airways had accused Sabre of charging inflated fees and suppressing competition, impeding travel agents and others from using cheaper alternative means to book seats.

Full content: Reuters

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