Expedia Seeks Retrial After $55M Hotel Tax Judgment

Law360, Houston (May 3, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT) -- Expedia Inc., Hotels.com LP and nine others told a Texas federal judge Thursday that a $55 million class action judgment for underpaid hotel occupancy taxes was based on faulty evidence and an incorrect interpretation of the law, and asked for a new trial.

The 11 online booking companies, which also include Orbitz LLC, Priceline.com Inc. and Travelocity.com LP, said there was no evidence to support a jury's conclusion that they “control” hotels, triggering the tax, and that the judge misinterpreted ordinances of 173 cities claiming the...
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