Partner Jay Holland addressed a national conference on litigating the class-action cases that have been filed across the country against Marriott Corp resulting from the breach of Marriott's data base of hotel guests' private information, including passport numbers, birthdates, credit card numbers and other personal information. It has been reported that as many as 500 million customers may have had their personal identifying information stolen. The case may be the largest data breach case to date.
Dozens of leading class action lawyers attended the "Harris Martin Conference" in Miami, FL. on January 29, 2019. Marriott is based in Bethesda, Maryland, and many of the class actions have been filed in federal court in Greenbelt, Md. Holland was sought out to address the conference because of his expertise in litigating cases in federal court in Maryland. A hearing was held in Miami on January 31, 2019, for the court determine which federal court will be assigned the consolidated class action. Holland and partners Tim Maloney, Veronica Nannis, and Steven Pavsner are counsel in several of the class action cases that have been filed in Maryland against Marriott.