Welcome to the Settlement Website for the class action lawsuit, known as Garvin v. San Diego Unified Port District, in the Central Division of the San Diego Superior Court in the State of California.

If You Rented a Vehicle at the San Diego International Airport or Elsewhere on Port Tidelands between May 10, 2018 and July 24, 2020, You May Be Entitled to a Payment from a Class Action Settlement.

An approximately $6.6 million dollar Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against the San Diego Unified Port District (the “Port”) claiming that the Port’s Resolution 2018-065 and Ordinance 2030, which required rental car companies to collect from their customers and remit to the Port a $3.50 fee (the “Fee”) for each transaction (not per day) on Port tidelands, was an illegal and unconstitutional tax. In another case between several rental car companies and the Port, the plaintiff rental car companies sued to invalidate Resolution 2018 065 and the associated $3.50 Fee on the grounds they were unconstitutional and illegal. The Port denied the claims in this lawsuit and denied that individual consumers who rented vehicles have a claim against the Port. Both the parties agreed to settle the lawsuit.

The Settlement included anyone who rented vehicles from any rental car company, with the rentals originating at the San Diego International Airport, the adjacent Rental Car Center, and other locations on Port tidelands from May 10, 2018 to July 24, 2020 and who were charged a $3.50 fee by the rental car companies that was then remitted to the Port. The Settlement offers Cash Payments to Settlement Class Members who file a Claim, as set forth in FAQ 10.


Summary of Your Legal Rights and Options in this Settlement
Submit a Claim Form If you are entitled under the Settlement to a payment, you must have submitted a claim form to receive a cash award by October 20, 2020. The Court has approved the Settlement and it has become final. If you are entitled under the Settlement, you should have automatically received payment when the Settlement Administrator disperses the fund in early 2021.
Exclude Yourself from the Settlement
By October 20, 2020
The deadline to exclude yourself has passed. This was the only option that would have allowed you to retain your rights to start or continue your own lawsuit against the Port for claims at issue in the Settlement.
Object
By October 20, 2020
The deadline to object to the terms of the Settlement has passed. This was your only opportunity that would have allowed you to write to the Court to object to the terms of the Settlement.
Do Nothing You will not receive a cash payment. You gave up any rights you might have had to sue the Port or other released parties about the claims resolved by the Settlement.

This Website explains important rights you may have. These rights and options, and the deadlines to exercise them, are further explained in the Notice you may have received, or you may review the Frequently Asked Questions page of this website for additional information. Your legal rights are affected whether you act or not.