Motel 6 to pay $7.6m To Settle Lawsuit Claiming it Gave Guest Names to ICE
The motel will pay up to $7.6m to Hispanic guests for violating their privacy
Motel 6 is set to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit claiming it gave names of its guests to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
The motel will pay up to $7.6m to Hispanic guests for violating their privacy.
Terms of the preceding settlement with eight Hispanic plaintiffs, seven from Arizona along with one from Washington state, where disclosed in a 2 November filing with the federal court in Phoenix.
According to The Guardian: Motel 6 also agreed to a two-year consent decree barring it from distributing guest data with immigration authorities absent warrants, subpoenas, or threats of serious crime or harm.
Motel 6 did not acknowledge 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 mark people by national origin.
“Motel 6 fully recognizes the seriousness of the situation and accepts full responsibility for both compensating those who were harmed and taking the necessary steps to ensure that we protect the privacy of our guests,” Motel 6 and MALDEF said in a joint statement.
A settlement had been reached in July, but no terms were disclosed at the time.
Up to $5.6m will go to Motel 6 guests who faced immigration deportation proceedings after their personal information was shared.
They are eligible to receive at least $7,500 each.
Another $1m was set aside for guests who were questioned or interrogated by immigration authorities, with each guest receiving $1,000.
The remaining $1m will go to guests whose information was turned over to immigration authorities from 1 February 2017 to 2 November 2018. They will receive $50 each.
Motel 6 will also pay up to $1.3m for the plaintiffs’ legal fees and administrative costs.
Motel 6’s management company, G6 Hospitality, has said it ordered its more than 1,400 US and Canadian locations in September to stop voluntarily giving guest lists to Ice agents.