Priceline, Hilton face allegations of deception

By Robbie Hargett | Aug 13, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - A New York man is suing a hotel booking service and a large hotel chain corporation, alleging illegal and deceptive operations regarding the "Name Your Own Price" booking service.

Adam Singer, of Suffern, N.Y., individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action complaint July 17 in U.S. Court District of Connecticut against The Priceline Group Inc. and Hilton Worldwide Inc., alleging breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, tortious interference with contract and unjust enrichment.

According to the complaint, Priceline's "Name Your Own Price" feature allegedly allows users to state a price they wish to pay for a hotel in a given location, and Priceline matches the user to hotels in the area that will accept the bid.

The suit says on Feb. 24, 2011, Singer used Priceline's "Name Your Own Price" option, bidding a price he wished to pay for a hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was matched with a Hilton resort in his desired location.

However, the complaint alleges, in Singer's case and for others in the class, Priceline matched him at a rate that did not include "resort fees" assessed for guests at Hilton hotels and resorts.

The complaint states at checkout Singer was charged for undisclosed resort fees that exceeded his bid amount. The suit alleges the "Name Your Own Price" option is illegal and deceptive.

Singer and others in the class seek monetary damages, restitution and declaratory relief, plus court costs. He is represented by attorneys Robert A. Izard and Mark P. Kindall of Izard Nobel in West Hartford, Conn., and Jeffrey D. Kaliel of Tycko & Zavareei in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Court District of Connecticut case number 3:15-cv-01090-VAB.

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