By Barbara De Lollis
April 16, 2009
Starwood CEO's exclusive blog post about Hilton lawsuit
Hotel giant Starwood Hotels late tonight filed suit against rival Hilton
Hotels, accusing it of stealing trade secrets to help it launch a rival
luxury chain quickly and cheaply. The Wall Street Journal was the first
news outlet to run a story about the filing.
Filed in federal court in New York, Starwood's suit alleges that Hilton
stole more than 100,000 electronic and hard copy files containing trade
secrets to help it expand its luxury hotel offerings. "The large volume
of confidential information taken is extraordinary," the filing says.
Hilton last month announced the launch of Denizen, a chic, upscale chain
that would rival Starwood's offerings. The brains behind Denizen include
two executives who until last year ran Starwood's luxury hotels unit.
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