This is a website managed by the Third-Party Administrator for the class action lawsuit entitled Montgomery v. Orbitz, LLC, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC 335441 (the "Lawsuit").
The plaintiffs in the Lawsuit allege that Orbitz has engaged in business practices that violate California’s Unfair Competition Law. Specifically, plaintiffs allege that Orbitz failed to disclose adequately to consumers who booked hotel accommodations using Orbitz’s website or 800 number that the "Total cost" or "Total price" that the consumers were required to pay at the time of reservation did not include mandatory hotel fees and taxes that they were required to pay to the hotels at the time of their stays. Orbitz claims that, at the time plaintiffs made their bookings, it fully disclosed to plaintiffs that they could be charged resort fees by the hotels. Orbitz also claims that one of the plaintiffs cannot obtain any relief from Orbitz because she is a member of a class of consumers who previously settled claims brought against a hotel chain related to the payment of undisclosed resort fees. Orbitz also denies that it has violated the Unfair Competition Law. The Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles has not decided the merits of Plaintiffs’ claim or Orbitz’s defenses.
The Court has ordered that the Lawsuit may proceed as a class action on behalf of two classes: (1) consumers who paid undisclosed mandatory hotel fees or taxes to Marriott brand hotels in connection with hotel stays booked and paid for through Orbitz between January 1, 2003 and June 4, 2010 (the "Orbitz/Marriott Class"); and (2) consumers who paid undisclosed mandatory hotel fees or taxes to Starwood brand hotels in connection with hotel stays booked and paid for through Orbitz between January 1, 2003 and December 18, 2009 (the "Orbitz/Starwood Class"). The classes include consumers who are residents of California and stayed at hotels located either within or outside of California, and consumers who are not residents of California and stayed at hotels located within California.
If you are a member of either of the classes described above, your legal rights will be affected by the outcome of the Lawsuit. You may share in any money or other benefits that the Class is awarded, either as a result of a trial or settlement, and you will be legally bound by all of the orders and judgments that the Court issues in the Lawsuit. Unless you "opt out" of the class in the manner required by the Court, you will not be able to sue, or continue to sue, Orbitz separately for the same claims that are the subject of the Lawsuit.
The deadline for requesting exclusion from the Orbitz/Starwood Class expired on June 2, 2010.
Members of the Orbitz/Marriott Class may exclude themselves from that class by providing written notice stating their desire to opt out of class membership, postmarked no later than October 21, 2010, to:
Superior Court of the State of California
Montgomery v. Orbitz, LLC Exclusion Requests
c/o Rosenthal & Company LLC
P.O. Box 6177
Novato, CA 94948-6177
To view the full Notice to Orbitz/Marriott Class Members concerning the pendency of this Lawsuit, click here.
To view the full Notice to Orbitz/Starwood Class Members concerning the pendency of this Lawsuit, click here.
If you have questions concerning anything discussed in the Notice, or wish to provide Class Counsel with any information concerning the Lawsuit, you can contact Class Counsel at:
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