April 29, 2019
  • Judge makes unusual decision to announce team from bench
  • More than 80 cases filed by 300 attorneys consolidated

Consumers suing Marriott International Inc. over a data breach that compromised the personal information of 500 guests will be represented by Andrew N. Friedman of Cohen Milstein, Amy E. Keller of DiCello Levitt, and James J. Pizzirusso of Hausfeld, a federal court announced April 29.

Judge Paul W. Grimm of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, who is overseeing the consolidated cases, took the unusual step of announcing the leadership team at the hearing where applicants came to make their case for appointments.

Judges typically announce the team by order days or weeks after the hearing.

Grimm asked attorneys from four proposed slates of candidates practical questions about how they would manage the litigation and broke for recess after just an hour and a half.

When he came back, he announced the three co-lead counsel appointments, as well as two attorneys for liaison counsel and nine others for the plaintiffs’ steering committee.

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