Attorneys for Columbus are set to argue Monday before the Georgia Supreme Court as to why the city is entitled to what it calls unpaid taxes.
Columbus sued Hotels.com in 2006, saying it owed occupancy taxes based on what the public was charged, not the discounted rate Hotels.com gets when it contracts with hotels for rooms, said Jane Hansen, public information officer for the Supreme Court.
“This will be the third time within a year that they have heard oral arguments on similar, if not identical, cases,” said Trip Tomlinson, an attorney for the city.
Columbus isn’t the only Georgia city that’s sued an online travel company. In 2006, Atlanta sued 17 such companies, including Expedia, claiming they act as hotels and must collect hotel and occupancy taxes from their customers and pay it to the city.
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Columbus has suits pending before the Supreme Court against Expedia and Hotels.com.
Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Doug Pullen ruled in favor of the city in the Expedia case, and Expedia appealed. Hotels.com also appealed when the city won against it in state court.
Columbus also filed suit against Orbitz. That case was scheduled for Superior Court this month.