DiCello Levitt Partner Amy Keller was among several attorneys appearing in Miami before a seven-judge panel which will determine the location of the consolidated class action against Marriott Hotels & Resorts for its 2014 data breach. Roughly 180 plaintiffs from all 50 states have filed suit after Marriott’s announcement that hackers stole personal information from more than 300 million guests, including 5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers, through Starwood’s guest reservation system. Marriott acquired Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide in 2016 after the breach had already occurred.
According to an article in Law 360, the District of Maryland Southern Division emerged as the top choice of venue given its proximity to Marriott’s Headquarters in Bethesda, MD as well as a number of plaintiffs involved in the suit. Some attorneys argued for the suit to be consolidated in Connecticut, the location of Starwood’s headquarters and where several IT staff who have knowledge of the reservation system reside.