Popular travel websites face lawsuit alleging price fixing

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by Rucks Russell/KHOU 11 NEWS

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Posted on August 24, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 24 at 11:40 PM

HOUSTON—A lawsuit claims travel websites like Expedia and Orbitz are duping consumers by engaging in price fixing. 

The class action lawsuit, filed by a Seattle attorney, claims some discount travel sites have been taking consumers for a ride. According to the lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of two consumers, websites like Travelocity and Expedia have been deceiving consumers by fixing the prices they charge for hotel rooms.

The complaint claims the deception is designed to ensure the websites make money.

Attorney Steve Berman has requested a jury trial.

Some Houstonians found the allegations disturbing.

“It sounds like false advertisement,” said Ramy Shahin. “They say one thing on the advertisements on TV and it’s not what they say it is.”

Another Houstonian agreed.

“When I was traveling in Europe, I always looked at different sites and saw the same rates on all of them,” said Robert Yanouri.

KHOU 11 News asked Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz to comment on the lawsuit. Only Travelocity responded.

 “We have no comment on the lawsuit other than to deny that Travelocity or any other Sabre company has engaged in any anticompetitive actions,” said spokeswoman Meredith McKee.

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