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California Man Sues Harrah's over 3 Dollar Surcharge

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 7th June 2005 1:44am
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The 275 miles that separate Los Angeles from Las Vegas amount to only a short reach for the California judicial system.

The state Supreme Court said Monday that a Los Angeles man could proceed with a lawsuit against Harrah's Entertainment Inc. over a $3 energy surcharge levied by its Harrah's Las Vegas hotel-casino. The tourist claimed that the lack of disclosure of the fee when he made his $50-a-night room reservation over the telephone constituted a fraudulent and deceptive business practice.

The case expands and clarifies the circumstances under which residents can file lawsuits against out-of-state companies soliciting business from Californians, attorneys said.

"This is a sea change for all of the casino properties here," said Mark Tratos, a gaming industry attorney with the Las Vegas office of Greenberg Traurig. "All of Nevada's casinos are going to have to be aware of California consumer law now because even an inadvertent misstatement of fact could be used to bring class-action lawsuits."



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