USA: Hotel to pay $7.6 mln. to settle lawsuit over sharing guest information with immigration agents

Author: Jonathan Stempel, Reuters, Published on: 7 November 2018

"Motel 6 to pay $7.6 million for giving guest lists to U.S. immigration", 6 Nov 2018

Motel 6 will pay up to $7.6 million to Hispanic guests to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit claiming that it violated their privacy by regularly providing guest lists to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents...Motel 6 also agreed to a two-year consent decree barring it from sharing guest data with immigration authorities absent warrants...Motel 6 did not admit liability, and denied engaging in unlawful conduct.  The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) filed the lawsuit after the Phoenix New Times said ICE agents had arrested 20 people over six months at Motel 6s in Arizona, using guest lists to target people by national origin...

The chain is controlled by the private equity firm Blackstone Group...Motel 6’s management company, G6 Hospitality, has said it ordered its more than 1,400 U.S. and Canadian locations...to stop voluntarily giving guest lists to ICE agents...

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