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Baltimore law firm files class action lawsuit against Marriott for data breach

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Posted at 5:14 PM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 17:17:37-05

Three months after a data breach on Marriott International's guest reservation database, a Baltimore-based law firm filed a national class action lawsuit against the hospitality company. 

Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, along with their co-council Morgan & Morgan, filed the lawsuit Friday on behalf of 500 million guest whose personal information may have been stolen. The lawsuit alleges that Marriott failed to ensure the integrity of its servers and to properly safeguard consumers’ highly sensitive and confidential information.  

In 2014, hackers went into the Marriott's servers getting guest information and roaming through their system undetected for four years. After discovering the cyber attack in September,Marriott failed to take proper steps to notify costumers until today and not tell customers about the extent of the breach. 

Hassan Murphy, Managing Partner at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, said today, “Marriott is one of the largest hotel chains in the world.  That such a corporation would fail to properly safeguard the highly personal and sensitive information of its guests and customers is inexplicable.  Even more egregious is the fact that Marriott did not discover this breach for nearly four years, and then for months after that discovery failed to tell its customers what had occurred.  This conduct constitutes a significant breach of trust and confidence unparalleled in the hospitality industry.”   

In September, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh suggest customers protect tier information by checking credit reports, monitoring back accounts and placing a freeze on credit files.  

Murphy added, "We will continue working until Marriott fixes this problem and appropriately compensates its victims for their losses.”