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DC sues Marriott over resort fees, alleging ‘price deception’ | ABC News

Washington D.C. is suing Marriott for alleged “price deception” in its practice of charging “resort fees” that aren’t disclosed to customers upfront when they are booking their rooms.

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine filed a lawsuit against the world’s largest hotel chain on Tuesday for allegedly reaping “hundreds of millions of dollars” using an unlawful practice called “drip pricing” — in which fees are added to an advertised price.

“This is a straight-forward price deception case,” Racine’s office said in the lawsuit. “For at least the last decade, Marriott has used an unlawful trade practice called ‘drip pricing’ in advertising its hotel rooms whereby Marriott initially hides a portion of a hotel room’s daily rate from consumers.”

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DC sues Marriott over resort fees, alleging ‘price deception’ – ABC News.

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