After Motel 6 was dragged into court for allegedly providing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with guest lists, a group of eight Hispanic guests, encouraged by immigration lawyers (many people assume) looking for fast cash, filed a class action lawsuit.
Although the chain has admitted no wrongdoing, they have agreed to settle with the group, paying $7.6 million. Of course, the lawyers will get the lion’s share of that, with the claimants only collecting a meager $7500 each.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) filed the lawsuit after the Phoenix New Times claimed illegals were being arrested in Arizona, using guest lists from the motel.
A settlement had been reached in July, but the terms of the deal have been announced just before the election.
The court has yet to give the okay to the deal, but reports assume that will happen soon.
Up to $5.6 million will go to Motel 6 guests who were criminals, but faced removal proceedings after the establishment shared the guest lists. They’lll get the $7,500 a piece.
Another $1 million was set aside for people who were interrogated. They will get a whopping $1,000 each.
Reuters reported, “The remaining $1 million will go to guests whose information was turned over to immigration authorities from Feb. 1, 2017 to Nov. 2, 2018. They will receive $50 each.”
However, $1.3 million will be shelled out for plaintiffs’ legal fees and administrative costs.
Blackstone Group LP bought the brand in 2012, but Motel 6’s management company, G6 Hospitality, has ordered 1,400 U.S. and Canadian locations to stop voluntarily giving guest lists to ICE.
“Motel 6 fully recognizes the seriousness of the situation and accepts full responsibility for both compensating those who were harmed and taking the necessary steps to ensure that we protect the privacy of our guests,” Motel 6 and MALDEF said in a joint statement.
The company also agreed to a two-year consent decree prohibiting it from sharing guest data with immigration authorities without the presence of warrants, subpoenas, or threats of serious crime.
The fact that a motel can’t offer information to prevent criminal activity seems excessive to many people.
However, thanks to the courts, illegal aliens who broke the law but got reported to ICE by Motel 6 will now collect pay from that company.