LOS ANGELES — Two individuals have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated against three car rental companies that allegedly failed to return their deposit. 

Nishil Patel and Gurraj Singh filed a complaint Aug. 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Regency Car Rentals LLC, Hertz Global Holdings Inc. and The Hertz Corp., citing alleged breach of contract, fraud and unjust enrichment. The plaintiffs allege that the defendants knowingly violated the California Business and Professions Code.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that in November 2015, Patel rented a vehicle from Regency for a two-day period. His Visa card was charged for the full amount of $3,254.25, while his American Express Card was charged $3,299.40 as a deposit, the suit states. He claims he was told it would be refunded upon return of the vehicle. The plaintiff alleges that Regency assessed two unauthorized charges after the rental. 

Singh claims to have encountered a similar experience, where he did not receive a return of his security deposit and was assessed unauthorized charges to his credit card. As a direct result, the plaintiffs and other class members allegedly have suffered injury, and have lost money or property. 

The plaintiffs hold Regency Car Rentals LLC, Hertz Global Holdings Inc. and The Hertz Corp. responsible because the defendants allegedly deceived consumers by making false statements, misrepresented the cost of the rental of vehicles, double-billed and assessed unauthorized fees to consumers.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek to certify the proposed nationwide class and each state sub-class as class actions, order for injunctive and declaratory relief, damages, attorneys’ fees and costs and other relief as the court deems reasonable. The plaintiffs are represented by Todd M. Friedman and Adrian R. Bacon of Law Offices of Todd M. Friedman PC in Woodland Hills.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:16-cv-05967

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