DALLAS--On August 15, 2013, the office of the Attorney General of the State of Hawaii issued a press release announcing that Honolulu-based Tax Appeal Court Judge Gary W.B. Chang entered a final judgment in favor of the State of Hawaii, finding that nine Online Travel Companies (OTCs) selling hotel rooms over the Internet, including Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Orbitz, Travelocity, and Priceline, owe the State $246 million in unpaid taxes and penalties for the period 2000 to 2011. Earlier in the week, the Court granted the State’s motion for partial summary judgment, awarding the State an additional $25 million for statutory interest on tax penalties.
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