Welcome to the website for the class action lawsuit settlement in the action between the City of Myrtle Beach (“City”) and Horry County (“County”), pending in the Court of Common Pleas for Horry County, South Carolina..

Anyone who paid the County’s 1.5% uniform service charge on accommodations, prepared food and beverage, and admissions to amusements, and a 2.5% uniform service charge on rental cars, purchased within the corporate limits of any Horry County municipality (“Hospitality Fee”), or will pay the Hospitality Fee in the future, is part of a class action settlement and may be entitled to reimbursement.

The City brought this class action to challenge the County’s imposition of the Hospitality Fee within the limits of any municipality without that municipality’s consent.  The parties have reached a settlement agreement in this case.  The Court certified a settlement class of all who paid the Hospitality Fee between January 1, 2017, and August 10, 2019, or will pay the Hospitality Fee and preliminarily approved this settlement agreement.

This website will provide you with documents and information regarding the settlement, the rights of class members, and the claims process, as well as answer many questions you may have.  If you need additional information regarding the settlement and its administration, you may call toll-free 1-877-483-7754 or write to Hospitality Fee Settlement Administrator, P.O. Box 2468, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578.

Current Status

The original claims period has closed, and a final accounting has been filed with the court.  Additional claims can be made against the settlement’s escrow account by filing the Claim Form on this website.  The Settlement Administrator must receive these claims by October 15, 2024.

Important Dates

February 16, 2021

Settlement Class certified and settlement agreement preliminarily approved

March 15, 2021

Deadline to complete publication notice

April 15, 2021

Deadline to opt-out of class reimbursement right or object to settlement

April 16, 2021

Final Fairness Hearing

May 15, 2021

Deadline to submit claims

June 15, 2021

Deadline for Settlement Administrator to determine claims

September 15, 2021

Deadline for Special Master to rule on any claims appeals