Back in 2009, 17 counties filed suit against certain internet travel companies, including Expedia and Orbitz, seeking a determination of whether the online companies should remit taxes on what they pay directly to hotels to buy the rooms or on the higher amount the companies charge customers.  The counties in the suit are:  Alachua, Charlotte, Escambia, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Leon, Manatee, Nassau, Pasco, Pinellas, Seminole, St. John, Wakulla and Walton.  In May 2012, the trial court ruled in favor of the OTCs, finding ambiguity in the statutory taxation scheme.  The county appealed to the First District Court of Appeal.  On February 28, 2013, the First DCA court upheld the circuit court's ruling, also finding ambiguity in the statutory scheme as to whether the OTCs owed tax on the amount paid by the ultimate occupant of the hotel room versus the amount paid by the OTC for the room.  Thus the court concluded that with such ambiguity, the Legislature and not the courts must clarify the language.  The counties then asked the Supreme Court to hear the case.  The Supreme Court agreed to do so earlier this week.