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Washington Sues Motel 6 for Sharing Guest Details with U.S. Immigration



Source: Motel 6

Motel 6 is facing a lawsuit filed by Washington’s attorney general alleging the hotel chain disclosed the private information of thousands of guests to U.S. immigration authorities.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the attorney general’s office began investigating after a news report revealed Motel 6 workers at two locations provided guest information to immigration agents who later arrested 20 people on immigration charges. The suit alleges the between 2015 and 2017 four of the six corporate owned locations released more than 9,150 names and that number is expected to grow. The lawsuit states this is a violation of the state’s consumer protection law.
The lawsuit is seeking civil penalties of up to $2,000 per violation.

The company released a statement saying, “Motel 6 takes this matter very seriously, and we have and will continue to fully cooperate with the Office of the State Attorney General.”