March 05, 2021

The firm obtained a significant win for Marriott in litigation that centered on a property system incident involving guest data.

In Springmeyer et al v. Marriott, the plaintiffs alleged that their personal identifying information (PII) was improperly accessed in a property system incident announced in March 2020. They brought 11 claims under various common law and statutory causes of action.

On March 3, Judge Paul W. Grimm of the US District Court for the District of Maryland dismissed the suit with prejudice. In his nine-page opinion, Judge Grimm said that the plaintiffs failed to adequately plead that their alleged injuries were traceable to Marriott’s conduct.

“Plaintiffs fail to allege any facts describing Marriott’s cybersecurity or steps that it could have or should have taken to prevent this data breach,” Judge Grimm wrote. Because amending the complaint would be futile, Judge Grimm dismissed the suit with prejudice.

The team representing Marriott included Partners David W. DeBruin, Lindsay C. Harrison, Paul B. Rietema, and Zachary C. Schauf and Associates Brenna Field and Claire Lally.

Jenner & Block previously secured dismissal of a similar class action lawsuit in the Central District of California.

Law360 and Reuters reported on the dismissal.