Illinois appeals court upholds Travelport's preliminary injunction against American

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The Illinois Appellate Court has affirmed a preliminary injunction by global distribution system (GDS) Travelport against American Airlines, upholding a previous court decision to allow Travelport's affiliate Orbitz to sell American's tickets.

"The ruling further supports one of Travelport's damages claims against AA given AA's improper termination of Orbitz's ticketing authority," said Travelport.

American yanked its inventory from Orbitz in December 2010 in a bid to deal with travel agents directly through its own system, and subsequently filed a lawsuit against Travelport, accusing the company of anti-competitive. Following the removal of American's tickets from Orbitz, the Illinois Circuit Court denied Travelport's request for a preliminary injunction against American but subsequently overturned this decision this June. American then appealed that decision.

The Appellate Court said: "Travelport has standing to complain that American breached the [parties' contract], and its implicit covenant of good faith by barring Travelport from earning income from booking flights through... Orbitz."

Travelport said it will continue to "pursue its claims" against American in the ongoing lawsuit that the carrier has brought against it.