San Diego Unified Port District Car Rental Fee Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

The class action brought suit against the San Diego Unified Port District, about its Resolution 2018-065, which reinstated its Ordinance 2030. This required rental car companies in the port tidelands area to collect a $3.50 fee on each rental. The complaint argued that this was an illegal and unconstitutional tax. The $6.6 million settlement represents the amount collected by the port plus accrued interest.

Docket Number:

37-2020-00015054-CU-MC-CTL

Company: San Diego Unified Port District

Filing Deadline: October 20, 2020

Class Period: May 10, 2018 to July 24, 2020

Objection Deadline: October 20, 2020

Exclusion Deadline: October 20, 2020

Final Approval Hearing: November 13, 2020

Proof of Purchase:

No proof is required for most claims. However, those claiming to have paid the fee more than six times must attest under penalty of perjury that they did so, and those claiming to have paid the fee more than twenty times must provide evidence along with their claim.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if you had a rental of a vehicle originating at the San Diego International Airport, the adjacent Rental Car Center, or other locations on Port tidelands, between May 10, 2018 and July 24, 2020, where you were charged a $3.50 fee by the car rental company that was paid to the port.

The Notice says that “virtually all rental car companies” in the area collected the fee:
- Advantage Rent a Car
- Alamo Rent A Car
- Avis Rent A Car
- Budget Rent a Car
- Dollar Rent A Car
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- E-Z Rent a Car
- Fox Rent a Car
- Green Motion
- Hertz Car Rental
- National Car Rental
- Payless Car Rental
- Sixt
- Thrifty Car Rental
- Zipcar
- Pacific Rent a Car
- Mex Rent A Car
- Express Rent a Cheap Car

Typical Settlement Amount:

Cash award estimated at $3.50 per rental; final amounts may be less, depending on the number of valid claims submitted.

Total Settlement Amount: $6.6 million

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$5,000

Law Firm:
Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman

Claim Form: San Diego Unified Port District Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: Garvin v. San Diego Unified Port District

Settlement Website: San Diego Unified Port District Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Epiq Class Action & Claims Solutions, Inc.

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Garvin Settlement Administrator
c/o Epiq
P.O. Box 3607
Portland, OR 97208-3607
1-855-907-2110

Tags: Improper Other Tax Charges