May 04, 2022

Some Marriott International Inc. guests were granted class status by a Maryland federal judge in litigation over a major data breach that compromised the personal information of 133.7 million guests at its Starwood-branded hotels, while others classes were denied certification.

Plaintiffs filed a would-be class action alleging that Marriott took more than four years to discover the breach and nearly three months to notify its customers of their exposed information.

Judge Paul W. Grimm of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland rejected Marriott’s argument that certification should be denied because not all of the class members have demonstrated that they’ve suffered an injury.

The plaintiffs don’t need to demonstrate that every class member has standing at the class certification stage, Grimm said in his Tuesday order.

Click through to read “Marriott Guests Get Partial Class Certification in Breach Suit,” Bloomberg Law. (Subscription required.)