Similar lawsuits are in motion around the country, including state and local cases in South Carolina. In the statewide case here, a judge also has said the companies should be paying taxes on the higher retail room rates that customers pay instead of wholesale rates.

While Columbus is the only city it has dropped so far, a spokesman for Expedia, the company involved in the S.C. case, said the company will consider the same action in any jurisdiction seeking higher tax levels.