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Passengers gouged on airport water? Yes, charge legal papers

File: A water bottle in San Francisco's airport.
File: A water bottle in San Francisco's airport.
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A court fight over retail operations at one of the nation's busiest airports has led to a charge that passengers are being gouged on bottled water prices.

Legal papers filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court Thursday by boutique retailer Kitson Stores says a company that operates dozens of shops at Los Angeles International Airport is exploiting travelers by "hugely" inflating bottled water prices.

Kitson says New Jersey-based Hudson Group refused to sell bottled water at the airport's two Kitson shops it operates at $2.55 for a liter.

Instead, Hudson charges consumers $5 a bottle.

The two sides have been exchanging accusations over business operations and licensing arrangements at the airport, which attracts 70 million travelers annually.

A Hudson attorney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.