On January 12, 2021, the United States District Court for the Central District of California granted Marriott’s motion to dismiss in Arifur Rahman v. Marriott International, Inc. et al, a class action filed against the company following its disclosure of a data breach in March 2020. The court held that Plaintiff lacked standing to sue, breathing life into a defense that has been unsuccessful in several recent cases.
The litigation against Marriott stemmed from its announcement that two employees of a Marriott franchise in Russia accessed personal information of 5.2 million guests. The company further acknowledged that the compromised information included names, addresses, emails, phone numbers, and other personal details such as birth dates. In April 2020, Plaintiff Arifur Rahman (“Plaintiff”), on behalf of a class, alleged six causes of action against Marriott International (“Defendant”): (1) negligence; (2) violation of the California Consumer Privacy Act; (3) breach of contract; (4) breach of implied contract; (5) unjust enrichment; and (6) violation of the California Unfair Competition Law. Continue Reading The Central District Court of California Grants Marriott International’s Motion to Dismiss in Data Breach Suit