Welcome to the Settlement Website for the class action lawsuit, known as Garvin v. San Diego Unified Port District, pending 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 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 denies the claims in this lawsuit and denies that individual consumers who rented vehicles have a claim against the Port. Both the parties have agreed to settle the lawsuit.

The Settlement includes 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 submit a claim form to receive a cash award. You may submit a claim form either online by clicking here or by mail. All claim forms must be either submitted online or postmarked no later than October 20, 2020 to be valid and eligible for a Cash Award.
Exclude Yourself from the Settlement Receive no benefit from the Settlement. This is the only option that allows you to retain your rights to start or continue your own lawsuit against the Port for claims at issue in the Settlement. If you want to exclude yourself from the Settlement, you must send a written request for exclusion by U.S. mail postmarked no later than October 20, 2020, following the instructions in FAQ 12
Object Write to the Court about why you do not like the Settlement. You can object to any part of the Settlement, the Settlement as a whole, Class Counsel’s requests for fees and expenses, and/or Class Counsel’s request for a Service Award for the Class Representative. If you object, you will still be a member of the Class. You must follow the instructions and send your objection as set forth in FAQ 18 such that it is received no later than October 20, 2020.
Go to a Hearing Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement. You must follow the instructions set forth in FAQ 22.
Do Nothing You will not receive a cash payment. Give up any rights you might have 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.