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Airbnb settles Quebec class action lawsuit over clear pricing

 In this photo illustration the app of Airbnb is displayed on a smartphone.
In this photo illustration the app of Airbnb is displayed on a smartphone. Thomas Trutschel / Photothek via Getty Images

Quebec Airbnb users could be in line for payments worth up to $45 after the company reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit over misleading prices.

Customers represented by LPC Avocat Inc. launched the class-action case in 2017 over the company’s practice of adding charges at checkout, something the law firm said is illegal under Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act.

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Plaintiffs alleged Airbnb added between 13 and 17 per cent to the total price as service fees at the last step of checkout, while Airbnb denies the allegations and said it didn’t violate the law.

As part of the settlement reached Sept. 23, any Quebec resident who booked on the Airbnb platform between Aug. 22, 2014 and June 26, 2019 where there was a higher price at checkout than on the first stage of browsing could be in line for the $45 payment in Airbnb credits.

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LPC Avocat says the settlement totals $3 million worth of Airbnb credits.

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The Superior Court of Quebec will hold a hearing on Dec. 3 to determine if it will approve the settlement.