“We’ve gotten the data in and the accountants are going over it. There are thousands of hotels and addresses, so we have to create our own summary,” said Andy Davis of the Rome law firm Brinson, Askew, Berry, Richardson, Siegler and Davis.
Rome, Cartersville and Hart County filed the suit in 2005, contending companies such as Hotels.com and Expedia should be paying hotel-motel tax on the retail rate they charge their customers rather than the wholesale rate they pay for the rooms.
U.S. District Court Judge Harold L. Murphy granted class action status in 2011 to all local governments in the state that levy the taxes. In March 2012, he ruled the companies were liable for the difference, from May 16, 2011 onward.
Davis, whose firm is handling the case, said Murphy rejected a claim for back taxes to the date the lawsuit was filed but the ruling is being appealed.
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