Court Tells Orbitz to Restore Alamo and National Listings.
Ruling Hailed as Victory for Consumers
ST. LOUIS -- An Illinois court has granted Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental a preliminary injunction against Orbitz Worldwide. The ruling requires Orbitz to immediately restore Alamo's offerings to the initial first-page rental car matrix on both the Orbitz and Cheap Tickets Web sites, and National's offerings to the initial first-page rental car matrix of the Orbitz Web site.
Copies of the court's order and ruling are attached. This ruling is the latest development in a lawsuit brought by Alamo and National contending that Orbitz has willfully violated their online listing agreement. The suit asserts Orbitz has intentionally concealed Alamo's and National's offerings from consumers and, in the process, inflicted millions of dollars in damage on Alamo's and National's businesses.
In their suit, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Alamo and National stated that Orbitz sought a $1.5-million payment not required by their joint online listing agreement, which runs through Dec. 31, 2008. When Alamo and National refused to make the additional payment, Orbitz retaliated and deliberately violated their contract by removing both Alamo and National from the main rental car matrix, the suit contends.
In a strongly worded 20-page ruling, the court stated: "[Orbitz's] conduct clearly does not live up to the spirit of the contract and [Orbitz] knew thatO." The court also found that Orbitz's actions likely caused irreparable harm to National and Alamo.
"We are pleased that the court has required Orbitz to honor the terms of its contract," said Greg Stubblefield, President of Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental. "This ruling is a victory for consumers, who will now find it easier to rent our cars and, in the process, often save money."
About Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental
The Taylor Family of St. Louis owns and operates Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental, along with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and manages the largest fleet of passenger vehicles in the world today - more than 1 million cars and trucks. Collectively, the Taylor Family of companies operates a network of more than 8,000 car rental locations in neighborhoods and at airports worldwide and is the most comprehensive service provider in the industry.
Alamo and National operate at the most popular travel destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific Rim. Alamo, founded in 1974, serves the daily rental needs of airport leisure travelers with low rental rates and a fun, hassle-free customer experience. For more information about Alamo, including the Best Rate Guarantee, visit www.alamo.com. National, founded in 1947, helped pioneer the corporate-account business and continues to serve the daily rental needs of frequent airport business travelers. National introduced the car rental industry's first comprehensive frequent-renter program, Emerald Club, in 1987. For more information about National, visit www.nationalcar.com.
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|Date:||Oct 29, 2008|
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