Booking.com and Expedia Inc. are using the [rate parity] clauses despite a 2013 order by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office telling another online travel company not to stop hotels from giving better prices to competitors or directly to customers, Bundeskartellamt regulators said in a statement Thursday. “The Bundeskartellamt intends to forbid Booking.com, by far the largest hotel portal in Germany, from further use of the best-prices clauses,” regulators said in the statement. “The ongoing procedure against Expedia continues.” The cartel office said it rejected Booking.com’s proposal to settle the case as insufficient. The company also made offers to French, Swedish and Italian antitrust regulators last year to end their parallel probes. The U.K. must decide whether to re- open a probe into Booking.com, Expedia and InterContinental Hotels Group Plc after a court overturned a planned settlement. Get the full story at Skift Our german speaking readers may also want to read "Kartellamt vs. Booking.com: Bestpreisklausel soll fallen" at n-tv