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Kramon & Graham teams up to file fifty-state lawsuit against Marriott following data breach

James P. UlwickKramon & Graham is one of several law firms that have teamed up to file the nation’s largest class action complaint against Marriott International following a massive, long-running data breach at the company. With 176 Plaintiffs from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, the landmark court filing comes on the heels of Marriott’s recent admission that approximately 5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers and 20.3 million encrypted passport numbers were among the sensitive customer records accessed by hackers. By the hotel chain’s own acknowledgement, the breach compromised the personal information of nearly 400 million customers who made reservations at Starwood-branded hotels, which Marriott acquired in 2016, making it one of the largest data breaches in the country’s history.

Jim Ulwick, leader of Kramon & Graham's Class Action practice group represents the plaintiffs in the latest Maryland filing, along with D.C.-based Hausfeld LLP, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, and Cohen & Gresser LLP, and Chicago-based DiCello Levitt & Casey LLC.

In an interview with the Daily Record for "Data breach lawsuit filed against Marriott in Md. federal court" (January 10, 2018), Jim said the new complaint is significant because “it ensures that the class proposed in the complaint is truly representative, and will fairly protect the rights of all Marriott customers, no matter where they reside.”