Booking Sites Want Remaining Ill. Hotel Tax Claims Killed

Law360, New York (April 12, 2016, 1:55 PM EDT) -- Several hotel-booking websites on Monday again urged an Illinois federal judge to toss a tax lawsuit brought by 13 Chicago-area municipalities that claim the sites owe hotel taxes, saying that they don't own or rent hotel rooms and clearly aren't covered by the cities' hotel tax statutes.

Expedia Inc., Travelocity.com LP, Priceline.com Inc. and several other booking companies said that U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly should reject arguments by the northern Illinois city of Rockford and a dozen Chicago suburbs saying that the sites have illegally skirted taxes for years. Both sides have said there's no need for a trial because...

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