According to an order, Judge Carolyn Kuhl told Expedia that only after paying what the San Francisco's tax man has assessed can it appeal the tax and seek a refund. That's been the city's position all along.

Likely this is not the last chapter of a legal battle begun when Expedia and Hotwire sued the city, claiming it had no legal right to impose the tax and should get off its back. But it's a boost for the city, and will be noted by online travel companies and municipalities engaged in similar conflicts across the country.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle