A search using the keyword “Hilton,” for example, would not return results for Hyatt and vice versa, according to the lawsuite. “The effect of these agreements was to impair competition, resulting in direct harm to consumers in interfering with the free flow of information from sellers to buyers, raising the costs to consumers of finding the most suitable offering, increasing transaction prices, and raising the price of hotel rooms sold online by reducing the downward pricing pressure exerted by [online travel agencies] and each other,” the lawsuit states. The complaint estimates that the practice involves 60 percent of hotel inventory and affects all consumers who booked hotels from 2015 to 2017. Get the full story at Court House News