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Paxton’s work for hotel accountability continues | Texas

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www.thecentersquare.com – By Lauren Scott | – 2023-06-15 15:11:00

(The Center Square) – Prior to his impeachment, Attorney General Ken Paxton sued Hyatt Hotels for violating Texas consumer protection laws and secured an agreement with Marriott to end hidden hotel fees. The office of attorney general is still overseeing the terms. 

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, one of the largest hotel operators in the country, marketed hotel rooms at prices that were not available to the public as advertised.   

“Hyatt implemented this practice by charging consumers mandatory and unavoidable fees – such as resort fees, destination fees, or amenity fees – in addition to daily room rates,” according to a May 16 news release

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Many of the fees did not relate to the customer experience. 

“For years Hyatt has used mandatory fees to dupe unsuspecting Texans by not including mandatory fees in the advertised room rate,” according to the lawsuit. “This lack of transparency is designed to thwart comparison shopping; consequently, it places hotels that do not charge mandatory fees at a competitive disadvantage.”

Paxton agreed to a settlement with Marriott International, Inc. to ensure it properly discloses “resort fees” and other hidden costs to consumers in its advertisements and during the room booking process.  

“This settlement will prohibit Marriott from engaging in unlawful, unfair, and deceptive trade practices in violation of Texas law with respect to the advertising of hotel room prices,” according to a May 16 news release

Read the Assurance of Voluntary Compliance here.

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Son of Lakewood Church shooter, Genesse Moreno, removed from life support after overcoming bullet wound to head

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-02-24 17:48:27

SUMMARY: The son of the Lakewood Church shooter was taken off a ventilator after overcoming a bullet wound to the head. The boy had half of his right skull removed in two surgeries, and remains in critical condition in the neuro ICU at Texas Children’s Hospital. The 7-year-old boy, who experienced alleged trauma and abuse, is recovering from the incident. It is unclear whether he was shot by his mother or by the officers who were shooting at her. Police are still investigating the motive behind the shooting at Lakewood Church.

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The town that changed its name for free cable TV

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www.kxan.com – Russell Falcon – 2024-02-24 15:08:00

SUMMARY: In 2005, the small town of Clark in Texas changed its name to DISH in exchange for free cable TV service for ten years from Dish Network. However, the deal only provided basic service for free, with premium channels costing extra. The city hoped the offer would attract more residents and businesses, but the influx was not as expected. The deal expired in 2015, and discussions have been held about changing the name back to Clark or something else, but no action has been taken. Texas is known for its odd town names, including Bug Tussle, Cut and Shoot, Jot ‘Em Down, and Nameless.

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Big 12 men’s basketball matchup: No. 2 Houston Cougars beat No. 11 Baylor Bears in overtime at Foster Pavilion

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-02-24 14:58:44

SUMMARY: The University of Houston men’s basketball team defeated Baylor 82-76 in their first visit to Waco in 28 years. The Cougars shot 58% in the first half and led 41-25 at halftime. UH guard Emanuel Sharp scored 18 points, with teammate Jamal Shead adding a double-double. Houston forward J’Wan Roberts scored 17 points. Baylor guard Ja’Kobe Walter scored 23 points and RayJ Dennis added 21 points. Despite a close finish, Houston secured the win and improved to a 24-3 overall record. They are now at the top of the Big 12 conference standings and will face Cincinnati next before finishing out their schedule in March.

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