Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire, online travel companies, defend nationwide litigation that sought to extend hotel room rental taxes to their internet travel reservation services
Clients Expedia, Inc., Hotels.com, L.P., and Hotwire, Inc.
Jones Day represented 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 were subject to hotel room rental taxes and sought to collect back taxes on reservations for hotel stays in their jurisdictions.
Jones Day Dallas lawyers served as national counsel for all such matters with active participation by various other Jones Day offices. These cases involved novel and complex legal issues regarding whether hotel tax ordinances applied to online travel companies and their reservation facilitation services. The actions varied from declaratory judgment claims to causes of action grounded in purported violations of tax ordinances, unjust enrichment, conversion and the like.