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Austria: first reference for ECJ preliminary ruling regarding rail passenger rights

The Austrian "Schienen-Control Kommission Wien" has filed a reference for preliminary ruling of the ECJ with regard to the following questions:

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Austrian Constitutional Court: no state liability for alledgedly false application of the Package Travel Directive

The plaintiff (a lawyer) initially had sued a tour operator for mal-performance of a package travel contract. The claim had been dismissed by all instances as courts had held that the plaintiff had booked accomodation in a Dubai city hotel with half board and a shuttle service to the beach - and had exactly got what he had booked. It had to be regarded obvious that a city hotel could not offer the same amenities with regard to duration and flexibility of staying at the beach like a hotel directly situated there.

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USA: new airline passenger protection rules took effect Aug. 23

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) said new consumer protections for airline passengers are now effect starting Aug. 23. The new rules include

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German court regards 'automatic' inclusion of cancellation insurance to flight ticket price illegal

German Oberlandesgericht Jena recently held that it was an illegal trade practice to autmaticly include a cancellation insurance to the ticket price during the online booking process. Such practice would deceive the average consumer even if he had the option to avoid the inclusion of the insurance by unclicking the related tickbox. The deceptive practice would also violate EU Regulation 1008/2008 on on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community.

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A tax windfall for airlines

A tax windfall for airlines

It's not like the Internal Revenue Service to forgive and forget, especially when it comes to uncollected taxes.

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Albania's Impressive Tourism Statistics

Albania's tourism industry continues to impress, with a record number of visitors crossing the border this weekend, according to a report in regional news portal Balkans.com on August 8 2011.  According to the report, some 57,255 people entered the country over the weekend, with the main activity recorded at the Morine crossing bordering Kosovo, where some 22,000 people entered on one day.

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Austria: hotel operator not liable for injury of a guest who tried to repair a jamming glass door

The plaintiff who was a former share holder of a hotel company (the defendant) and also the former companion of the defendant's director stayed in the defendant's hotel as a guest, when the director asked him to do her the favour to look for a jamming glass door in the indoor pool area because she couldn't reach any craftsman. When he tried to remove the defective glass door, he got severely injured on his right hand. He sued the hotel company for compensation for pain and suffering. The court of first instance granted the claim.

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Germany: the operator of a hotel review website has no obligation to verify user postings before publishing

In a recent decision the German Kammergericht Berlin held that the operator of a hotel review website has no obligation to verify user postings before publishing. A posting on a Swiss website had suggested that a certain hotel had a bed bug problem. Upon complaint of the hotelier, the operator of the website permanently deleted the posting. Nevertheless the hotelier moved for an interim injunction demanding the website operator to cease and desist from future publication of such allegations.

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US DOT Fines Air Canada for Violating Price Advertising Rules

DOT Fines Air Canada for Violating Price Advertising Rules 
 

DOT 100-11

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today fined Air Canada $50,000 for violating the Department’s rules prohibiting deceptive price advertising in air travel. 

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USA: class action suit against YTB reinstated

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Illinois reinstated a class action lawsuit against YTB International, which offers booking websites and travel agent training. The class action is seeking $5 million in damages for more than 100 plaintiffs nationwide against Illinois-based YTB, also known as YourTravelBiz.com.

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