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News Story
8/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer activist group and the hotel industry are both urging the U.S. Department of Justice to block travel-booking site Expedia Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide Inc. John Simpson, privacy project director of Consumer Watchdog, wrote a letter this week to the DOJ, urging it to block the $1.3 billion deal, which was reached...
News Story
8/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Three of the biggest names in travel -- Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity -- could end up as one company. This affects a lot of people. The numbers vary depending on who you ask, but it's safe to say roughly 50 million people check out those three companies every month. The consumer group Consumer Watchdog is worried...
News Story
8/11/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The US Department of Justice to is being urged to block the proposed $1.3 billion merger of online travel agency giants Expedia and Orbitz "to maintain vital competition that ensures fair prices for consumers". The call comes from US-based consumer champion, Consumer Watchdog. Expedia announced the Orbitz merger in February just after it...
News Story
8/11/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Complaints about airlines soared more than 20 percent during the first half of this year, according to a government report released Tuesday. Meanwhile, Chicago-based United Airlines had an abysmal on-time rate in June, with just two-thirds of flights arriving on time, according to the same report. And more bad news: Chicago's two airports were...
News Release
8/10/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice to block the proposed $1.3 billion merger of online travel agents Expedia and Orbitz “to maintain vital competition that ensures fair prices for consumers.” “The proposed deal would give the combined company monopolistic control of the...
News Story
8/10/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON: A consumer group and hotel industry association are raising objections to the planned merger of online travel bookers  Expedia and Orbitz, claiming the deal would lead to a powerful duopoly. The activist group Consumer Watchdog said in a letter Monday to the Justice Department that the tie-up would “severely impact consumers...
News Story
8/10/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A leading consumer group is joining the hotel industry in asking the Department of Justice to block the proposed merger of travel booking sites Expedia and Orbitz. “The proposed deal would give the combined company monopolistic control of the online booking market, enabling it to impose higher fees on hotels, which would inevitably mean...
News Story
7/31/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Association of National Advertisers is urging the Federal Trade Commission to reject a "misguided" effort to create a "right to be forgotten" in the United States. "Allowing the Right to Be Forgotten in the United States would cause serious and undue harm to the public’s right to determine for itself what is...
News Story
7/31/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
U.S. Regulators would be violating the First Amendment if they were to force Google and other search engines to delist certain irrelevant search results at a user’s request, a major advertising trade group said Friday.   The Association of National Advertisers sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging it to “forcefully...
News Story
7/31/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Advertisers group backs Google, privacy advocates not so much Not surprisingly, Google is resisting a demand that it broaden the "right to be forgotten" by censoring search results worldwide, saying that allowing one country to censor the Web worldwide would start a "race to the bottom." "We believe that no one country...