U.S. News | American Airlines and Expedia Settle Trademark Dispute

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American Airlines and online travel booking company, Expedia, settled their trademark and unfair competition lawsuit, which was filed by American Airlines last October.

The dispute, which was filed in October 2018, was over Expedia’s ‘Add-On Advantage’ program. American airline claimed that Expedia’s Add-On Advantage logo infringed their own ‘AAdvantage’ trademarks and that Expedia had breached their contract with the airline.

American airline sued Expedia for trademark infringement and dilution, unfair competition and breach of the companies’ written agreements. The “Add On Advantage logos and marks are confusingly similar to American’s own AAdvantage marks..,” the complaint stated.

Although it is unclear how the dispute was resolved, the two parties somehow agreed to settle and a request was filed with the the district court to dismiss the case. The case was dismissed on December 17.

American Airlines Inc v. Expedia Inc

Judge:John Mcbryde
Case #:4:18-cv-00850
Texas Northern District Court
CauseTrademark Infringement
Case Filed:Oct 16, 2018
Settled:Dec 17, 2018
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