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United Air Lines, Inc, v. Austin Travel Corp
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Plaintiff operated a computer database that travel agents use to book airline tickets, rental cars, and hotel rooms. Plaintiff earns money by charging a subscription fee to the travel agents and by charging airlines other than Plaintiff that get customers, through this system a small fee. Plaintiff and Defendant, a corporation that runs travel agencies, made contracts with Plaintiff to use the database in four of their locations. Each of the contracts provided for liquidated damages for breach of contract. For two of the locations, the liquidated damages were, 80% of the subscription fee for the time remaining in the contract, and 80% of the fees gained by ticket sales using the system, averaged in the past six months and divided by the time remaining on the contract, 50% of the average booking fee revenues using the last six months to calculate times the amount of time remaining in the contract. The two other contracts had only the first two provisions. Defendant abandoned all of their contracts with Plaintiff. Plaintiff sued for the liquidated damages. Defendant claimed that the liquidated damages provisions were unenforceable.
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