Data Privacy and Security Team Files Class Action against Marriott for Starwood Data Breach

by Labaton Sucharow

January 8, 2019

Labaton Sucharow has filed two nationwide class action lawsuits against Marriott International, parent of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, for its failure to secure and safeguard hundreds of millions of Starwood’s customers’ highly sensitive information such as passport information, credit and debit card numbers, and other payment card data.

The suit alleges that as early as 2014, hackers broke into Starwood’s information systems to steal confidential and sensitive guest data. But neither Starwood nor Marriott discovered the breach until September 2018, allowing the hackers access to highly sensitive data for Starwood guests for at least four years. Despite discovering the breach in September, Marriott waited nearly three months to notify its customers about the breach, allowing precious time to pass. The suit also alleges that Marriott failed to take adequate and reasonable measures to ensure its data systems were protected in the first instance.

The cases, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland Southern Division, are Voll v. Marriott International, Inc., and Gates v. Marriott International, Inc. The Labaton Sucharow team includes partner Michael Canty and associate Brian Morrison.

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