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Litigation

Erin Andrews Files Civil Suit For Invasion Of Privacy, Negligence

CHICAGO - ESPN reporter Erin Andrews filed a civil lawsuit July 15 in the Circuit Court of Cook County alleging negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy against several hotel entities and claiming negligence, invasion of privacy (intrusion of seclusion and public disclosure of private facts) and intentional infliction of emotional distress against a man who allegedly videotaped her without her knowledge (Erin Andrews vs. Marriott International, Inc., et. al., No. 2010-L-008186, Ill. Cir., Cook Co.).

The defendants are Marriott International Inc., West End Hotel Partners LLC dba Nashville Marriott At Vanderbilt University, Windsor Capital Group Inc., Radisson Hotels International Inc., Ashtel Inc. dba Radisson Hotel Milwaukee Airport, The Ohio State University dba The Blackwell Inn, Preferred Hotel Group Inc. dba Summit Hotels & Resorts and Michael David Barrett.

According to the complaint:

While traveling across the United States to perform her job as an ESPN reporter, Andrews regularly stays at hotels, including those owned and operated by the defendants, and always with the expectation of privacy once checked into her room. On July 16, 2009, as alleged in the complaint, she became aware for the first time that she had been surreptitiously videotaped by Barrett without her knowledge or consent while staying in various of the defendants' hotel rooms. Further dissemination of these unauthorized videos over the Internet has caused and continues to cause her great emotional distress and embarrassment.

Andrews alleges that Barrett called the defendant hotels seeking to determine if Andrews had made reservations to stay there. Not only did the hotels confirm that Andrews was intending to register as a guest, but they also released, without Andrews' consent, her room number. The hotels then provided Barrett a hotel room immediately adjacent to hers. Barrett subsequently checked in to the room next to Andrews, modified the peephole device in Andrews' hotel room door, and surreptitiously filmed her through the altered peephole while she was getting dressed and without her consent or knowledge.

Barrett ultimately disseminated these videos of Andrews over the Internet. Andrews alleges that the actions of the hotel defendants directly facilitated Barrett's conduct.

Andrews is represented by Bruce A. Broillet (lead attorney), Scott Carr and Tobin Lanzetta with the Santa Monica, Calif., law firm Greene Broillet & Wheeler (www.greene-broillet.com) and Joseph A. Power Jr. of the Chicago law firm Power Rogers & Smith (www.prslaw.com).