January 12, 2019

Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain operator, has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit over the data breach now said to affect upwards of 300 million people. The suit, brought by more than 150 past hotel guests, according to Vox, is at least the second to surface since the breach was disclosed in late November.

Filed in Maryland federal district court on January 9, the massive suit includes plaintiffs in dozens of states where it alleges laws were violated. It accused Marriott of involvement in “deceptive, unconscionable, and substantially injurious practices.” In addition to seeking compensatory damages and other forms of relief deemed appropriate by the court, the suit seeks an injunctive relief to prohibit Marriott from “continuing to engage” in “unlawful acts, omissions, and practices ...”

The plaintiffs are represented by five law firms: DiCello Levitt & Casey LLC; Hausfeld LLP; Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC; Cohen & Gresser LLP; and Kramon & Graham PA.

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The breach of Marriott’s Starwood reservation system is one of the largest in recent history, potentially dwarfing the 2017 Equifax incident by more than a hundred million victims. The hotel chain operates over 6,700 properties in nearly 130 countries and territories, according to the company.

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