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Case Name Washington v. Motel 6 IM-WA-0042
Docket / Court docket unknown ( State Court )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Case Summary
On January 3, 2018, the Washington State filed this action in King County Superior Court. The plaintiffs sued Motel 6, a hotel chain, alleging that hotel employees routinely gave guest information like names, license plate numbers, and birthdays to immigration agents. This information was then used ... read more >
On January 3, 2018, the Washington State filed this action in King County Superior Court. The plaintiffs sued Motel 6, a hotel chain, alleging that hotel employees routinely gave guest information like names, license plate numbers, and birthdays to immigration agents. This information was then used to determine if the guests were wanted in civil immigration matters. The suit alleges that Motel 6 employees violated state and federal law as well as the Washington State Constitution.

Specifically, Washington alleged that the employees of several Motel 6 hotels would turn over the guest registry without agents providing documentation, evidence of reasonable suspicion, probable cause, or a search warrant. Motel 6 staff observed ICE identify guests of interest to ICE, including by circling guests with Latino-sounding names. Over 9,000 names had been turned over by Motel 6 staff, resulting in six known detainments. The Washington lawsuit comes after a similar action in Arizona. While Motel 6 implied in those proceedings that the problem was isolated, the Washington suit alleged that this was not the case.

On March 5, 2018, Motel 6 removed the case to federal court under the federal officer removal statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1442(a). On May 18, 2018 the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled that Motel 6’s decision to turn over information at its own discretion did not justify a federal forum, and the case was remanded to King County Superior Court.

While this case was still pending, the Arizona class action case settled for $7.6 million, paid to class members whose names were given to ICE. Additionally Motel 6 and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (who represented the plaintiffs in the Arizona case) said in a joint statement that the hotel has prohibited employees from sharing such information with ICE. The Washington lawsuit is still pending, with a hearing scheduled for May 13, 2019.

Anna Brito - 02/23/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
Immigration status
National origin discrimination
Immigration/Border
Constitutional rights
ICE/DHS/INS raid
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Motel 6
Plaintiff Description The State of Washington
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2018
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
IM-WA-0042-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/03/2018
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Ferguson, Robert W. (Washington) show/hide docs
IM-WA-0042-0001
Riese, Mitchell A. (Washington) show/hide docs
IM-WA-0042-0001

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