Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire, online travel companies, defend nationwide litigation seeking to extend hotel room rental taxes to their internet travel reservation services
Clients Expedia, Inc., Hotels.com, L.P., and Hotwire, Inc.
Jones 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. Jones Day Dallas lawyers serve as national counsel for all such matters with active participation by various other Jones Day offices. These cases involve novel and complex legal issues regarding whether hotel tax ordinances apply to online travel companies and their reservation facilitation services. The actions vary from declaratory judgment claims to causes of action grounded in purported violations of tax ordinances, unjust enrichment, conversion and the like.