TamaraMarinkovic Hines

Of Counsel

Dallas + 1.214.969.5074

Tamara Marinkovic Hines focuses on complex business litigation and internal investigations that go global, involve the SEC or DOJ, or involve parallel litigation. Her litigation experience ranges from federal securities fraud class actions and corporate governance litigation to state and local tax litigation and product liability matters. Her internal investigations work has included allegations of fraud, theft, kickbacks, and employee misconduct. She also has deep experience helping clients navigate the challenges of parallel litigation and government investigation proceedings while an internal investigation is ongoing.

Tamara has litigated matters in numerous state and federal courts across the United States as individual claims, class claims, and as part of multidistrict litigation. Notably, Tamara serves as national coordinating counsel in multijurisdictional litigation involving the online travel industry. Her diverse litigation clients have included internet businesses, retailers, and manufacturers such as Airlines Reporting Corporation, Bridgestone/Firestone, Electronic Data Systems, Expedia, Frito-Lay, HomeAway, Hotels.com, Hotwire, and Michaels Stores.

Tamara is a Dallas Bar Foundation Fellow and past chair of the Dallas Bar Association's Corporate Counsel Section. Currently, she chairs Southern Methodist University's 21st Century Council. Among her community activities, Tamara previously served as an officer for the Big Thought board and the AVANCE-Dallas board. She is also a graduate of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Dallas Program. In the international arena, Tamara was twice selected to The Council for the United States and Italy's Young Leaders Conference, and she is a Fellow of the British American Project.

Experience

  • HomeAway prevails in tax dispute with Palm Beach County Tax CollectorJones Day defended HomeAway, Inc. in a Florida state court declaratory judgment action seeking to hold the travel and vacation home rental website liable for tourist development taxes.
  • Online travel companies vindicated in Fifth CircuitJones Day assisted online internet travel companies Expedia, Inc., Hotels.com L.P., and Hotwire, Inc. in reversing an $84 million class action judgment for taxes, interest, and penalties awarded to municipalities in Texas, securing a ruling from the Fifth Circuit that hotel occupancy taxes are owed on amounts paid to hotels for occupancy and not on fees charged by websites to facilitate reservations.
  • Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire, online travel companies, defend nationwide litigation seeking to extend hotel room rental taxes to their internet travel reservation servicesJones Day represents Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire in multiple individual and class action cases filed in federal and state courts across the country involving claims by state and local municipalities that online travel companies are subject to hotel room rental taxes and seeking to collect back taxes on reservations for hotel stays in their jurisdictions.
  • Large privately held company undergoes international investigation involving allegations of potential misconduct by current and former employeesJones Day conducted an internal investigation for a large privately held company in a matter involving allegations of potential misconduct by current and former employees.
  • Distributor of truck and trailer parts investigates employee theft ringJones Day assisted a Texas-based distributor of truck and trailer parts with investigating several employees for the theft of money and high-value inventory.
  • Fortune 500 health insurer represented in litigation over alleged submission of fraudulent claims and violation of anti-kickback related exclusions in health plansJones Day represented a Fortune 500 health insurer in litigation over alleged submission of fraudulent claims and violation of anti-kickback related exclusions in health plans.
  • Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire secure series of victories in connection with occupancy tax in CaliforniaJones Day secured a series of victories on behalf of online travel companies Expedia, Inc., Hotels.com, and Hotwire LP (the "Expedia Entities") in connection with their ongoing transient occupancy tax ("TOT") litigation with various cities in California.
  • Hotwire, an online travel company, resolves nationwide consumer class actionJones Day represented online travel company Hotwire in a nationwide consumer class action regarding pricing and charges for hotel reservations placed through its website and call centers.
  • Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire secure summary judgment dismissing all claims with prejudiceJones Day represented online internet travel companies Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire in a case in which the City of Houston and Harris County-Houston Sports Authority sought to hold internet travel companies liable for hotel occupancy taxes under local ordinances applicable to hotels and third parties that own, operate, manage or control hotels.
  • EDS resolves consolidated securities fraud action and ERISA class actionJones Day represented Electronic Data Systems Corporation and certain of its current and former officers and directors in a consolidated securities fraud action arising out of EDS' disclosure in September 2002 that its earnings would be lower than anticipated.
  • Michaels Stores obtains dismissal of securities class actionJones Day represented Michaels Stores, Inc. and certain of its former officers and directors in actions filed by purported former shareholders of Michaels who claimed that the defendants solicited proxy statements by means of materially false or misleading statements in violation of section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and SEC Rule 14a-9.
  • EDS resolves derivative class actionJones Day represented certain current Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS) officers and directors in derivative cases filed in Collin County, Texas and in the Eastern District of Texas arising out of the facts alleged in the underlying securities litigation.
  • CGEA Holdings and CGEA Investor obtain dismissal in shareholder derivative actionJones Day represented CGEA Holdings, Inc. and CGEA Investor, Inc. (sued as "The Carlyle Group") in a shareholder derivative action claiming breach of fiduciary duty related to efforts to sell ElkCorp.
  • Former senior executive defends securities fraud action and SEC investigationJones Day represented a former senior executive in a securities fraud class action and insider trading investigation brought by the SEC.
  • Expedia, an online travel company, resolves nationwide consumer class actionJones Day represented online travel company Expedia in a nationwide consumer class action regarding pricing and charges for hotel reservations placed through its website and call centers.
  • Hotels.com, an online travel company, wins reversal of class certification order in a consumer class action regarding hotel occupancy taxes and feesJones Day defended Hotels.com against a claim alleging that Hotels.com charged customers for hotel occupancy taxes that exceeded amounts required by or ultimately forwarded by hotels to applicable taxing authorities and fees that did not correspond to the services provided.
  • The Southern Company defends securities fraud actionJones Day represented The Southern Company and certain of its former directors in a consolidated securities fraud class action against The Southern Company's former subsidiary Mirant Corporation, and the underwriters of Mirant Corporation's initial public offering.
  • USAA defeats class certification of securities fraud class actionJones Day represented USAA, USAA Realco, the general partner of a USAA real estate limited partnership, and one of the GP's directors and officers in a securities fraud class action alleging that fraudulent misrepresentations and omissions were made in a prospectus issued to effectuate a merger between the KELP and AIP REIT.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • January 12, 2018
      Northern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference
    • October 2010
      Jones Day MCLE University - Dallas
    • November 21, 2008
      Ethical Considerations With Taxpayer Workpapers and Other Confidential Information, TEI Dallas Chapter Current DevelopmentsTax Seminar
    • November 4, 2008
      The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Dallas Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section
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