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Amtrak suing Union Station for allegedly allowing competitor Delta to advertise on site

Amtrak is suing it's DC landlord, Union Station, for allegedly allowing a competitor of the transportation company, Delta Airlines, to advertise on site, court documents show. (Photo: Amtrak)

Amtrak is suing it's DC landlord, Union Station, for allegedly allowing a competitor of the transportation company, Delta Airlines, to advertise on site, court documents show.

According to a lawsuit filed in DC District Court on May 25, Amtrak is suing "USI", short for Union Station Investco, LLC.

The suit claims that Delta is a competitor of Amtrak and should not be able to display advertising in Union Station.

Within the last several weeks USI began displaying advertisements in numerous prominent locations around Union Station, advertising Delta Airlines. On information and belief, Delta Airlines (“Delta”) has regular flights between Washington National Airport and Dulles International Airport to numerous locations also served by Amtrak, and particularly major metropolitan areas along the Northeast Corridor of the United States, including New York City and Boston. Amtrak and Delta compete for passengers seeking to travel to a variety of locations, including, without limitation, locations throughout the Northeast Corridor. Section 9.4 of the Sublease, titled “Commercial Signs,” specifically provides in subsection (b) that “[i]n no event shall Landlord install any signs on any part of the Project [ i.e.,the Station] that advertise transportation services that compete with those offered by Tenant [Amtrak], without obtaining Tenant’s prior written consent, which consent may be withheld in Tenant’s sole discretion.” Delta provides transportation services that compete with Amtrak.

Amtrak claims that the USI, their landlord, has "has caused, and will continue to cause, irreparable injury to Amtrak," and they have requested a "temporary and permanent injunction" to remove all Delta advertising from Union Station.

Union Station had no comment about the lawsuit. But a source tells ABC7 News Union Station doesn’t consider Delta a direct transportation competitor to Amtrak.

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