PHOENIX – Attorneys for MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) will be in federal court on Friday, July 19, 2019, in support of a joint motion for preliminary approval of a settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of guests who stayed at Motel 6 nationwide and whose privacy was violated when personal information was provided to federal immigration officials.
- Court hearing to consider preliminary approval of an updated nationwide class-settlement.
- July 19, 2019 at 2 pm MST.
- Attorneys for MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)
- Attorneys for the Ortega Law Firm
- Attorneys for Motel 6
Where: U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell,
Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse,
401 W. Washington Street, Phoenix.
Background: MALDEF sues Motel 6 in federal court in January 2018 alleging the national hotel chain’s practice of voluntarily giving Latino guests’ personal information to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents without a warrant violates federal and state civil rights and privacy laws barring discrimination based on national origin, and protections against unreasonable searches.
A preliminary agreement was reached in November 2018, and, following a settlement by the Washington state attorney general, an updated settlement proposal was recently filed with the court on June 28, 2019.
The revised agreement:
- Increases the total recovery and increases the potential individual class member recoveries.
- Expands the scope of the classes to cover guests who stayed at any Motel 6 franchise locations between February 2015 and June 2019.
- Modifies the class definitions to include individuals who were questioned, interrogated, detained, and/or placed in immigration removal proceedings as a result of the disclosure of guest information to federal immigration officials. The class will be eligible to receive tiered damages.