Cases & Deals

Expedia maintains tax court victory all the way to Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Client(s) Expedia, Inc.

After securing an unprecedented victory before the Philadelphia Tax Review Board reversing a million dollar tax assessment against Expedia, Inc. based on the website's online hotel reservation services, Jones Day defended the win through three layers of appellate review. The City of Philadelphia first appealed the tax board ruling to the state district court, the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, who affirmed the ruling after oral argument. The ruling was next affirmed after oral argument by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. On petition to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the high court declined to take the appeal after briefing by both sides thereby affirming the ruling once and for all.

City of Philadelphia v. City of Philadelphia Tax Review Bd., 37 A.3d 15 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2012), alloc. denied, ___ Pa. ___, ___ A.3d ___, 2012 Pa. LEXIS 1808 (August 15, 2012)