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Dominick Hotel Gentleman Insulted Muslims Now 246 Spring Street Hotel Wants Name Sealed

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 19 – In February 2020 a mysterious complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Muhammad Miah who had worked as a doorman at the Domenick Hotel complained that "at the end of September 2019, a man, let's call him 'The Gentleman' - perhaps a guest - idled his car directly in front of the hotel."    Soon, according to the complaint, this "Gentleman" uttered "Muslim something" to offend Miah.

 On July 10 SDNY Judge Lewis J. Liman held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

  Judge Liman inquired into "the Gentleman," his relationship to the hotel and whether he should be publicly named.

He directed that the hotel file a motion for a protective order to protect it from disclosing the name of the individual identified as 'The Gentleman' in plaintiff's complaint."

 And now, it has been filed, including: "Our firm represents Defendant 246 Spring Street (NY), LLC, d/b/a The Dominick Hotel, erroneously pleaded as The Dominick Hotel, (hereinafter “Defendant”), in the above-referenced matter. As Your Honor may recall, during the July 10, 2020 initial conference counsel for Plaintiff Muhammad Miah (“Plaintiff”) stated his intention to seek to implead an individual as a party in this matter, the identity of whom is in Defendant’s possession... Rule 26 provides that a court may enter a protective order to protect a party from “annoyance, embarrassment, oppression or undue burden or expense[.]” See Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c)(1).... the guest’s name and contact information were provided to Defendant under circumstances in which the guest could have reasonably expected that it would be kept private. Further, the prospective harm that could be caused by disclosure of such information outweighs Plaintiff’s alleged need for same. Defendant’s business could be significantly undermined if it is compelled to provide the guest’s identity. As this Court recognized in the Airbnb decision, customer relations are crucial to a hotel’s success. It is understood when a guest checks into a hotel that the hotel will utilize discretion and keep the guest’s private data confidential. Moreover, Defendant encourages hotel guests to provide feedback regarding their stay. If Defendant is required to divulge the guest’s private information, it would undermine this important business goal. Guests would never submit honest customer service reviews for fear of being dragged into litigation between an employer and employee. Additionally, if required to divulge the personal information, Defendant could open itself to costly litigation by the guest."

The case is Miah v. The Dominick Hotel, 20-cv-1172 (Liman)


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