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UK: TripAdvisor under ASA scrutiny

Following a huge number of complaints by hotels that the travel website did not check its reviews and many of them were  misleading, fake or defamatory, TripAdvisor is to be investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

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USA: DOT fines JetBlue for deceptive pricing

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined JetBlue Airways USD 50,000 for violating federal aviation laws and the Department’s rules prohibiting deceptive price advertising in air travel.

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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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EU Parliament adopts new measures to fight child pornography and sex tourism

According to proposals adopted by the Civil Liberties Committee of the EU Parliament, anyone guilty of child abuse or who watches child pornography online could face from 1 to 10 years behind bars. The legislation calls for all web pages containing child pornography to be removed at source, meaning member states should cooperate with third countries to ensure the removal of pages hosted outside the EU. Blocking would be considered an option only if these countries refuse to cooperate.

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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: Oklahoma's lawsuit against online travel companies dismissed

Oklahoma County District Court Judge Daniel Owens has ruled against Oklahoma's legal effort to collect back sales taxes from online travel reservation companies which offer discount hotel rooms.

Source: NewsOK; find article here>>.

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