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Germany: OLG Köln refers surcharges billed by online booking platform to ECJ

In its reference for preliminary ruling of March 4, 2011, the OLG Köln referred the follwoing question to the ECJ:

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UK: OFT to take action over passenger travel sector payment surcharges

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has put passenger travel companies on notice to change misleading debit and credit card surcharging practices or face enforcement action under consumer protection laws.

Publishing its findings on these surcharges, following a super-complaint from U.K. Consumer Rights Association Which?, the OFT also calls for the law to be updated to stop consumers being surcharged when buying goods and services with any debit card.

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USA: Washington D.C. to sue OTAs for unpaid taxes

Officials announced that Washington D.C. will sue popular online hotel-booking firms in order to recoup millions of dollars in unpaid taxes. The complaint is similar to other lawsuits across the nation, which accuse leading online travel companies of basing their tax receipts on wholesale prices paid by the online booking agency — not the retail rate that guests actually pay.

Source: The Wahsington Times; find article here>>.

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USA: court ruling entitles American Airlines to pull its fares from Orbitz

In Travelport, LP v. American Airlines, Inc., the Circuit Court of Cook County,Chicago ruled in American Airlines’ favor, denying Travelport’s request for a preliminary injunction against AA and its efforts to pull its fares from Orbitz, an online travel agency of which Travelport is a part owner.

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UK: OFT Strategy on Online Shopping - Consumer Protection

The Office of Fair Trading has just set out a long-term strategy to protect consumers shopping online in the UK. Online shopping in the UK is worth approximately £50bn i.e. €58.8bn/$77.9bn.