In a recent decision, the German competition authority (FCO) prohibited the use of "best price clauses" applied by the hotel platform booking.com. The decision was rendered after the Regional Court of Dusseldorf confirmed an earlier FCO decision against HRS, a similar hotel booking website. The FCO is currently investigating Expedia, the third player in the triumvirate currently dominating the German hotel booking market. Under the "best price clause" used by both booking.com and HRS, hotels were obligated to always offer their rooms via booking platforms at the lowest available rate which prohibited hotels from offering better offers on the hotel's own website. According to the FCO, such clauses restrict competition. For example, they prevent hotels from offering new innovative offerings like a "deal of the day" or other campaigns. Get the full story at Lexology