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Justice Dept. finds Orbitz is not anticompetitive.(Brief Article)

US Dept. of Justice closed its review of Orbitz by concluding that the online travel company founded by five US Majors has not reduced competition or harmed airline consumers. "The Antitrust Division considered several theories of harm, none of which was ultimately borne out by the information collected by the Antitrust Division," Asst. Attorney General Hewitt Pate said in a statement last month. "These concerns included whether certain Orbitz contract terms would facilitate coordination among the participating airlines or reduce their incentives to discount, resulting in higher fares, and whether those contract terms would make the Orbitz joint venture dominant in online travel distribution. …

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