Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP

free consultation


  • Spanish, Hebrew, Polish and Georgian Services Available
contact Menu

Hotel to blame for negligent security in Erin Andrews case

Going to hotel, whether for business or vacation, is often painted as a relaxing experience. Marketing and ad campaigns for many hotels promise people a chance to unwind and even get pampered, enjoying amenities and feeling like you're safe and being taken care of.

However, this was certainly not the experience sportscaster Erin Andrews had when a stalker reserved a room next to hers and recorded her through the peephole. The video was ultimately leaked online and Andrews filed a lawsuit against the stalker for obvious reasons and the hotel for negligent security.

In the lawsuit, it was revealed that the man who recorded Andrews called the hotel and specifically asked for a room that was next to Andrews' room. Instead of protecting the privacy of hotel guests, especially considering Andrews is a public figure, the hotel worker evidently confirmed she was staying there, gave out her room number and reserved the room next door for the man.

Undoubtedly, the man who stalked Andrews and violated her privacy by rigging the peephole in Andrews' door, recording videos of her and then releasing them without her consent is to blame for such horrendous acts.

But a jury agreed with Andrews that the hotel was also liable for the incident. In fact, the jury determined that the hotel and its lack of proper security is responsible for 49 percent of the $55 million in damages that was recently awarded.

As troubling as this case has been, it has shed light on some serious issues that hotels need to address regarding privacy. Hotels are expected to take reasonable precautions to keep guests safe from attacks, including those against a person's privacy. Those that fail to do so can and should be held liable for any damages that a person suffers as a result of inadequate efforts. 

Source: Reuters, "Jury awards Erin Andrews $55 million in lawsuits over nude video," March 8, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For a Response

Have Questions? Get A Free Case Review

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

150 Broadway Suite 300 New York, NY 10038

New York Office
150 Broadway
Suite 300
New York, NY 10038

Phone: 212-571-7171
Fax: 212-571-7174
Map & Directions

Fair Lawn Office
11-18 Saddle River Road
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Phone: 201-659-4144
Fax: 212-571-7174
Map & Directions

Garden City Office
1461 Franklin Ave, Suite 2SE
Garden City, NY 11530

Phone: 516-747-7472
Fax: 212-571-7174
Map & Directions

Stamford Office
1010 Washington Boulevard
Stamford, CT 06901

Phone: 203-862-8699
Fax: 212-571-7174
Map & Directions