Federal judge tosses second version of lawsuit alleging Las Vegas hotel price-fixing

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LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A federal judge has rejected the second version of a lawsuit that alleged Las Vegas resorts conspired to fix prices, writing that the plaintiffs still hadn't proven any kind of scheme existed.

U.S. District Judge Miranda Du handed down an order last week granting a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed on behalf of two tourists.

against Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts, Treasure Island and Wynn Las Vegas, alleging they were "colluding with data-sharing companies" Rainmaker and Cendyn to inflate room rates to record highs in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

In her order, Du wrote that the lawsuit still had not proven the hotel operators made any kind of agreement that would restrict their ability to unilaterally set prices.

She also said the lawsuit did not prove there was any exchange of non-public information.

"As the Court held in its prior order, consulting your competitors' public rates to determine how to price your hotel room—without more—does not violate the Sherman Act," Du wrote.

Du had similarly back in October but gave the plaintiffs a chance to re-file an amended complaint. Her newest order dismisses the suit with prejudice, meaning it cannot be brought back before the court.