A Florida couple has filed a class action lawsuit against the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico, arising from claims that the resort’s employees secretly spied on and videotaped the couple, and other guests, in their private luxury suites.
Tony Buzbee, of The Buzbee Law Firm of Houston, Texas, and the Johnston Law Firm of Puerto Rico recently filed the class action lawsuit against the owners and operators of the Bahia Resort in Puerto Rico, including Marriott International, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Bahia Beach CH Development, LLC, BBP Partners, LLC, Interlink Group, LLC, Munoz Holdings, Inc., and Paulson & Co., Inc. The case is pending in federal district court in Puerto Rico.
The complaint alleges that the couple, who are former college athletes and college sweethearts, were guests in one of the resort’s luxurious ocean front suites, in November 2016. The complaint alleges that resort employees had surreptitiously created several small holes in window coverings, to allow the employees to watch guests as they were in the privacy of their suite. The couple detected the holes and attempted to cover them. Later, resort employees unexpectedly came to their room, and advised that they needed to “fix something” in the room. When the employees left the room, the couple noticed that the peepholes had been restored. Under further investigation, the couple located additional peepholes. The couple also found chairs and beer cans on the other side of the peepholes, evidencing the involvement of several employees.
The complaint alleges that numerous other guests have stayed in this particular suite and have encountered the same invasion of privacy. The complaint asks the Court to establish a class of plaintiffs who stayed in this suite, and any other suite at the resort which was set up for similar invasions of privacy.
The case is styled JOHN DOE and JANE DOE, et al. v. MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC., et al.; Civil Action No. 3:17-cv-02287, in the United States District Court of Puerto Rico.
The Buzbee Law Firm has obtained more than two billion dollars in verdicts and settlements in the past fifteen years. Tony Buzbee was named the 2015 “Attorney of the Year” by Texas Lawyer Magazine, after he obtained several verdicts in excess of $20 million, including the largest personal injury verdict in Texas that year: $159 million. Buzbee also served as lead counsel in the successful defense of former Texas Governor Rick Perry.