On April 3, 2019, the Civil Rights Division of the Washington Attorney General's Office (AGO) entered into a Consent Decree with Motel 6 in the case of State of Washington v. Motel 6 Operating LP and G6 Hospitality, LLC, King County Superior Court No. 18-2-00283-4 SEA. The parties filed the Consent Decree with the Court and it has been approved. As part of the Consent Decree, Motel 6 has paid $12 million into a settlement fund, which has provided over $10,250,000 in restitution to guests affected by Motel 6's practices.
The settlement fund was distributed by the AGO to Motel 6 guests who stayed at certain motels in Washington between January 1, 2015, and September 17, 2017, and whose guest information was illegally disclosed by Motel 6 to U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The funds were also used to administer a claims program and for the AGO's attorneys fees and costs incurred in bringing the lawsuit.
People who stayed at certain Motel 6 locations between January 1, 2015 and September 17, 2017, were eligible to make claims to receive compensation. Individuals whose guest information was disclosed to ICE, but who had no further contact with ICE, were eligible to receive compensation for their privacy violation. Some individuals who experienced additional consequences as a result of the disclosure of their guest information, such as being questioned, an arrest, confinement or deportation by ICE, were eligible for greater compensation as determined by the AGO.
The deadline for submitting a valid claim form has passed and no additional claimants are eligible for restitution. The State distributed restitution to those claimants who qualified and who submitted a valid claim by the deadline set by the State. The amount of restitution paid to affected consumers was solely within the Attorney General's discretion.