Representatives of the Booking.com hotel booking service have filed a lawsuit against the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS), which opened an administrative case for abuse of dominant market position following a complaint from the public movement Opora Rossii and the Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers.
According to Kommensant, Booking.com B. V. filed an application with the Moscow Arbitration Court on February 4 to declare the actions of the FAS illegal. According to the AS file. The service’s application was accepted by the court for consideration, the next meeting is scheduled for March 24, 2021.
The parties have not yet commented on the content of the claim, as well as their positions on this case.
In December 2020, the FAS came to the conclusion that Booking.com, abusing its dominant position in the market, imposes a price parity requirement in agreements with hotels. This requirement does not allow hotels to directly offer guests prices that are more favorable than those that, under the same conditions and dates of accommodation, are displayed on the booking service.
The regulator came to the conclusion that since accommodation facilities are directly dependent on Booking, any of its actions can directly affect the commercial activities of hotels, as well as the actions of the consumers themselves.
Until February 15, 2021, Booking.com was ordered to exclude the price parity requirement from agreements with hotels, but until now this has not been done.
Lawyers note that the booking service has three months to challenge the FAS claim. A lawsuit in court may allow him to delay the deadline for fulfilling the requirements.
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