Rental car class action settled

Posted on: July 18th, 2012 by Steve Larson

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against The Hertz Corporation, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., Avis Budget Group, Inc., Vanguard Car Rental USA, LLC, Enterprise Holdings, Inc., Fox Rent A Car, Inc. and the California Travel and Tourism Commission.  The case is pending in the United States District Court, Southern District of California (entitled Shames v. The Hertz Corporation, Class Action Case No. 07cv2174-MMA).  The complaint alleged that Defendants violated antitrust and other laws by raising rental car prices at California airports by agreeing with each other to pass on the Airport Concession Fee (ACF) and Tourism Commission Assessment (TCA) to customers for rentals at certain California airport locations, according to the Hertz, Dollar Thrifty, Avis Budget, Vanguard, Enterprise & Fox Rent A Car antitrust class action settlement notice.

Generally, the settlement includes people who rented a vehicle directly from corporate-owned locations of Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox , Hertz, National or Thrifty for pick up at a California airport location from January 1, 2007 through November 14, 2007, and were charged and paid an Airport Concession Fee (ACF) and Tourism Commission Assessment (TCA) as a separate line item on their invoice to one of those companies.  The class action settlement provides the option of a cash payment or voucher from the rental car defendant that the class member used.

To get a cash payment or voucher, you must submit an Election of Benefits Form no later than January 25, 2013.  The Court will hold a Fairness hearing at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, October 29, 2012, at the United States District Court, Southern District of California, 940 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101-8900.  At this hearing, the Court will consider whether the antitrust settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate.

For more information about the proposed car rental antitrust class action settlement, call 1-888-758-5690, or click here.