Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Sandals Resorts

Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. has filed a massive class action lawsuit against Sandals Resorts International (Sandals), alleging decades-long tax fraud that has impacted all guests staying at the company’s resorts.

If you have been a guest at any of Sandals’ resorts throughout the Caribbean, including but not limited to the Turks and Caicos Islands, Antigua, Barbuda, and St. Lucia, then you may be entitled to compensation for accommodation taxes that were unfairly levied against you by Sandals. Our firm has filed a class action complaint against Sandals on behalf of current and former guests who have stayed in their Caribbean resorts, and is aggressively pursuing litigation.

Class action lawsuits against multibillion-dollar companies, particularly cases involving sophisticated legal issues (i.e., deceptive business practices and fraud), requires high-end representation. Here at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., our attorneys have decades of experience representing cruise ship and resorts customers in litigation against Sandals (and similarly situated defendants). We understand how to navigate the complexities of these disputes and secure a favorable result for our clients.

What Has Sandals Done?

In the present case, we believe that there is a strong argument to be made that Sandals engaged in deceptive business practices for many years, having marketed all-inclusive packages to customers (that include all taxes). Sandals overcharged for the packages and concealed the fact that a portion of the purported tax fees collected from customers were actually mislabeled in the package as a “tax” payment. They retained these excess charges as a means of enhancing profits.

Specifically, Sandals presented the charges to their guests in an unfair and deceptive manner by labeling the excess charges at-issue as a 12 percent accommodation tax that was to be paid to the government. In reality, however, Sandals had entered into an undisclosed agreement with the governments of Turks and Caicos Islands (and other Caribbean governments in countries where Sandals operated resorts) to retain a significant portion of the intended taxes. Thus, the accommodation tax charged to guests was not truly representative of its end-use — it was simply a profit enhancer disguised as a tax, and therefore in violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Sandals is also potentially liable for having collected the accommodation tax from guests below the age of 12 (prohibited by law).

Contact LMAW for Assistance

Sandals’ guests — current and former — are entitled to compensation for the excess charges that were deceptively imposed on them as an “accommodation tax.” Sandals became unjustly enriched at the expense of their guests, and should be held accountable for their fraudulent actions.

We encourage you to contact our firm for further assistance.

Here at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., we have successfully litigated thousands of cases since our founding in 1971, many of which have been class action lawsuits against maritime and resort clients. Over the years, we have secured hundreds of millions of dollars in damages through favorable verdicts and settlements, and have been recognized by national organizations such as US News and World Report as a “Best Law Firm in America” in the field of maritime law. Our firm has been named a Best Law Firm four years in a row, and four of our lawyers have been individually named to Best Lawyers. We believe that it is our commitment to client-focused, thorough representation that has earned us our place as a leading law firm in the maritime and resorts industry.

Interested in joining our class action lawsuit against Sandals? Call us at 877-233-1238 or send us a message online to schedule a consultation with an experienced Sandals Resorts class action attorney at our firm today.

We look forward to helping you move forward with your claims.