Online travel companies vindicated in Fifth Circuit
Clients Expedia, Inc., Hotels.com, L.P., Hotwire, Inc.
Jones 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.
City of San Antonio, Texas, et al. v. Hotels.com, et al., No. SA06CA0381 (W.D. Texas, San Antonio Div.); No. 16-50479 (5th Cir.)