Fotolia CarRental car agency Hertz Corporation agreed to pay $11 million to settle a class action lawsuit involving allegations of conspiring with an electronic toll company to charge customers excessive fees.

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Fotolia CarA class action complaint has been filed against The Hertz Corporation and its subsidiaries alleging the car rental company illegally overcharged its customers.  The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges Hertz breached New York and other state regulations by providing customer coupons and discounts, although still imposing sales tax on the pre-sales total.  This questionable business practice has caused many customers to overpay their rentals, the complaint asserts.

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A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against The Hertz Corporation, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., Avis Budget Group, Inc., Vanguard Car Rental USA, LLC, Enterprise Holdings, Inc., Fox Rent A Car, Inc. and the California Travel and Tourism Commission.  The case is pending in the United States District Court, Southern District of California (entitled Shames v. The Hertz Corporation, Class Action Case No. 07cv2174-MMA).  The complaint alleged that Defendants violated antitrust and other laws by raising rental car prices at California airports by agreeing with each other to pass on the Airport Concession Fee (ACF) and Tourism Commission Assessment (TCA) to customers for rentals at certain California airport locations, according to the Hertz, Dollar Thrifty, Avis Budget, Vanguard, Enterprise & Fox Rent A Car antitrust class action settlement notice. Continue reading “Rental car class action settled”