Travel Sites Launch New Salvo Against $28M SF Hotel Taxes

Law360, New York (November 7, 2013, 4:12 PM EST) -- Expedia Inc., Orbitz LLC and several online travel companies slammed the city of San Francisco on Tuesday with six lawsuits disputing roughly $28 million in hotel occupancy taxes, arguing the taxes are unfair because the companies don't run hotels and only facilitate reservations.

The online travel companies have previously sparred with the city over its transient occupancy taxes and in February a San Francisco state judge said the tax doesn't apply to them because they aren't hotel operators. February's ruling freed them from roughly $74 million...
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