A guest’s right to privacy – legal issues

Tara Lattomus

Tara Lattomus

A guest’s right to privacy –  legal issues

For hoteliers and travelers, a guest’s right to privacy is a hot issue, especially since the horrific shooting in Las Vegas last fall. Recently, Disney and Hilton, among others, have changed their policies about when staff can enter a guest’s room.

Among many customer service, public relations and security issues are some all-important legal ones. Tara Lattomus, an attorney with Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott who specializes in hotel and resort management issues, can address questions like the following, which continue to be of serious concern.

Please let me know if you are interested in interviewing Tara or perhaps having her write a guest article? I’ll be happy to facilitate this for you.

I look forward to hearing from you. Carrie Butler for Eckert Seamans – 412-897-6177

  • What are a hotel guest’s rights to privacy during their stay? After their stay?
  • Does a guest have the same rights as a tenant? What is the difference?
  • When can hotel staff enter a guest’s room?
  • When can a hotel evict a guest?
  • What impact do the Fourth Amendment (concerning unreasonable search and seizure) and recent cases such as Los Angeles v.
  • Patel (135 S.Ct 2443), Erin Andrews’ $55 million lawsuit, or the still-to-be-decided Motel 6 lawsuit in Washington State have on hotel policies?

About Tara Lattomus

Tara Lattomus helps clients negotiate hotel and resort management agreements with to avoid future disputes and litigation. Representing large and mid-size management companies, she understands the broad range of issues that can arise with both new-build and transitioning properties and drafts agreements that provide her clients with the broadest protections. In addition, she assists clients with litigation matters and counsels local municipalities and authorities on a variety of issues. Tara’s expertise has been featured in a variety of publications, including Corporate Counsel, Business Law Today, Delaware Business Court Insider, Luxury Hoteliers Magazine, Hotel Business and Real Simple. She earned her J.D. at Villanova and her B.A. from Wesley College. 

About Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC has more than 370 attorneys located in 15 offices throughout the United States, including Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts; Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Virginia; Wilmington, Delaware; Newark and Princeton, New Jersey; Buffalo and White Plains, New York; Providence, Rhode Island; Troy, Michigan; Charleston, West Virginia; and Hartford, Connecticut. The firm provides a broad range of legal services in the areas of litigation, including mass tort and products liability; corporate and business law; intellectual property; labor and employment relations; aviation; bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; employee benefits; environmental law; construction; public finance; real estate; tax; estates; and transportation. 

Eckert Seamans’ practice reflects virtually every industry and segment of the country’s business. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, newspapers and other media, hotels, health care organizations, airlines, and railroads. The firm also represents numerous federal, state, and local governmental and educational entities. In order to provide global reach and access to legal resources that enhance our ability to serve clients’ needs around the globe, Eckert Seamans has partnered with SCG Legal, a global network of over 145 independent law firms with more than 11,500 attorneys. For more information about the firm, please visit www.eckertseamans.com.

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