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IMPORTANT NEWS FOR EXPEDIA's customers If you booked a hotel stay through Expedia and paid "Tax Recovery Charges" and "Service Fees" during the period from January 10, 2001 through June 11, 2008, a nationwide class action may affect your rights.
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NOTICE OF CERTIFICATION OF CLASS ACTION
In re Expedia Hotel Taxes and Fees Litigation, Case No. 05-2-02060-1 SEA (Superior Court of Washington in and for King County)
A STATE COURT ORDERED THIS NOTICE. THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION FROM A LAWYER. THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION FROM EXPEDIA TO PURCHASE ANYTHING.
If you booked a hotel stay through Expedia and paid "Tax Recovery Charges" and "Service Fees" during the period from January 10, 2001 through June 11, 2008, a nationwide class action may affect your rights.
Consumers of hotel stays through Expedia ("Plaintiffs") have filed a lawsuit against Expedia concerning the bundled "Tax Recovery Charges" and "Service Fees" charged by Expedia when consumers book a hotel stay through Expedia's website or telephone operators. The Plaintiffs allege that, in its assessment of "Tax Recovery Charges" and "Service Fees," Expedia has (i) committed deceptive or unfair practices in violation of the Washington Consumer Protection Act ("CPA") from January 10, 2001 to June 11, 2008 (the "CPA Claim") and (ii) breached its contractual obligations from January 1, 2003 to June 11, 2008 (the "Contract Claim").
The Court has allowed the lawsuit to proceed as a class action on behalf of all consumers, nationwide, who booked hotel stays through Expedia from January 10, 2001 through June 11, 2008 and paid a "Tax Recovery Charge" and a "Service Fee" (the "Class"). Not all Class Members will have both the CPA Claim and the Contract Claim as defined above.
Expedia denies all of the Plaintiffs' claims, and the Court has not decided whether Expedia did anything wrong. There is no money available now and no guarantee there will be. However, if you are a member of the Class as described above, your legal rights are affected, and you have a choice to make right now:
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS & OPTIONS
DO NOTHING Stay in this lawsuit. Await the outcome. Give up certain rights.
By doing nothing, you keep the possibility of getting money or benefits that may come from a trial or a settlement. But, you give up any right to sue Expedia separately for the same legal claims that are raised in this lawsuit, and you will be bound by any further court orders or judgments, whether favorable or unfavorable to the Class. If you do not ask to be excluded, you may enter an appearance through counsel of your own choosing if you so desire.
ASK TO BE EXCLUDED Get out of this lawsuit. Get no benefits from it. Keep rights.
If you ask to be excluded or "opt-out," and money or benefits are later awarded, you will not share in them. But, you will keep any rights to sue Expedia separately for the same legal claims in this lawsuit, and you will not bound by any further orders or judgments, whether favorable or unfavorable to the Class.
If you wish to be excluded, you must complete and mail an "Opt-Out Form" to Lead Class Counsel at the address below. You can download an Opt-Out Form at www.hbsslaw.com/expedia, or you can obtain one by contacting Class Counsel at the phone number or address listed below. In order to be effective, your Opt-Out Form must be postmarked on or before January 15, 2009. If you choose not to be excluded, do not fill out or return an Opt-Out Form.
No money or benefits are available now because the Court has not yet decided whether Expedia has done anything wrong, or whether the Class is entitled to any remedy. If any monetary or other benefits are ultimately awarded, you will be notified about how to obtain a share. The Court is unable to estimate how long it will take to resolve the case, and does not know whether or not any money or benefits will ultimately be awarded.
For further information about the Class Certification and this case, or to obtain an "Opt-Out Form," visit www.hbsslaw.com/expedia, or contact Class Counsel:
Expedia Hotel Taxes and Fees Litigation
HAGENS BERMAN SOBOL SHAPIRO LLP
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2900
Seattle, WA 98101
DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT.
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I (John Doe from www.victimsofexpedia.com ) did some research and I found out that this is apparently true:
1) HAGENS BERMAN SOBOL SHAPIRO LLP seems to be a genuine law firm: http://www.hbsslaw.com/expedia
2) See the Class Certification ( http://www.hbsslaw.com/files/Class_Cert … 679897.pdf ) signed by Judge Monica J. Benton from the King County Superior Court (Important note that the internet domain is a dot GOV, scammers dont' usually have access to this kind of domains -except corrupt state workers)
3) The "realDeal" confirmed this story in its website: http://www.9wsyr.com/content/news/real_ … x?rss=1420