Expedia's Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement
NOTICE OF PROPOSED SETTLEMENT 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.
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 proposed class action Settlement may affect your rights.
Consumers of hotel stays through Expedia ("Plaintiffs") filed a lawsuit against Expedia primarily 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 alleged that, in its assessment of "Tax Recovery Charges" and "Service Fees," Expedia (i) committed deceptive or unfair practices in violation of the Washington Consumer Protection Act ("CPA") from January 10, 2001 to June 11, 2008 and (ii) breached its contractual obligations from February 18, 2003 through December 11, 2006.
There is a proposed Settlement on behalf of a nationwide class of consumers who booked hotel stays through Expedia from January 10, 2001 through June 11, 2008 and paid a "Tax Recovery Charge" and a "Service Fee." If approved, the Settlement will provide for the distribution to Class Members of $123.4 million in cash payments and Expedia Settlement Credit that can be used for hotel reservations and "package" reservations that include hotel reservations.
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
MAKE A CASH ELECTION Participate in the Settlement. Receive a cash payment. Go to the Settlement Website at www.ServiceFeesSettlement.com
and complete a simple electronic form.
RECEIVE EXPEDIA SETTLEMENT CREDIT Participate in the Settlement. Automatically receive Expedia Settlement Credit of approximately 2.17 times the amount you would receive in cash. Even if you choose to receive Expedia Settlement Credit, you are urged to go the Settlement Website at www.ServiceFeesSettlement.com
and answer a few simple questions to ensure that you receive all the Expedia Settlement Credit to which you are entitled.
OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT Object to the Settlement or any of its terms, and urge that the Court not approve the Settlement. Appear at a Final Approval hearing on December 1, 2009. To object to the Settlement, to Plaintiffs' Counsel's request for attorneys' fees and expenses of up to $10 million, or to incentive awards for the Named Plaintiffs (Michelle Huggins and Jose Alba), you must provide written objections to the Court, Plaintiffs' Counsel, and Defense Counsel by November 11, 2009, consistent with the instructions in the Long Form Notice available at the Settlement Website, www.ServiceFeesSettlement.com.
ASK TO BE EXCLUDED Get out of this lawsuit. Get no benefits from the Settlement. Keep rights. If you ask to be excluded or "opt out," you will not share in the Settlement Benefits and you will not be permitted to object to the terms of the proposed Settlement. But, you will keep any rights you may have to sue Expedia separately for the same legal claims asserted in this lawsuit. To be excluded, you must return a completed "Opt-Out Form" with a postmark of no later than November 11, 2009. You can obtain an Opt-Out Form at the Settlement website, www.ServiceFeesSettlement.com.
This is a Summary Notice. For further information about the proposed Settlement and this case, visit www.ServiceFeesSettlement.com
or call toll-free 1-866-291-7340. Para información en Español, favor de llamar al 1-866-291-7340 o visitar el sitio web: www.ServiceFeesSettlement.com.
DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT.
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