Expedia faces huge claims for unpaid hotel taxes

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Expedia, the leader in U.S. online-travel bookings, is fighting an outstanding hotel-room tab of more than $800 million.

That’s how much Expedia could owe Hawaii and scores of U.S. city and county governments in tax payments for online hotel bookings over more than a decade, according to a review of dozens of lawsuits and tax-revenue records.

Expedia had less than one-tenth that amount set aside to address the potential liability as of Sept. 30, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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