by Sarah J.F. Braley | January 27, 2010

According to the Houston Chronicle, Harris County Civil District Judge Brent Gamble dismissed the city's lawsuit seeking more occupancy taxes from such sites as Expedia,, Orbitz and Travelocity, following arguments from the websites that they aren't hotels and their fees thus should not be subject to hotel taxes. City Attorney Arturo Michel told the paper he will recommend that the city ask for a new trial and appeal the decision if that fails.