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The Latest: Group says AG’s call for new settlement is moot

May 30, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a proposed settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Motel 6 (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

A civil rights organization says the Arizona attorney general’s call for revisions of a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed by Motel 6 guests is meaningless.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund hit back Thursday at Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s claim that most of the money would go toward four charities, not those whose personal information was given to immigration authorities.

MALDEF president and general counsel Thomas Saenz says the settlement has already been renegotiated for an undisclosed amount.

It will be formally filed next month.

Saenz says the charities would only receive a payout if there are not enough people with valid claims.

The lawsuit states motel employees at two Phoenix locations voluntarily gave personal information about Latino guests to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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10:15 a.m.

Arizona’s attorney general wants a settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by Motel 6 guests to be renegotiated, saying it doesn’t directly benefit those whose private information was shared with immigration officials.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Wednesday that his office has filed documents in U.S. District Court in Phoenix asking a judge to deny preliminary approval of the proposed $7.6 million settlement.

According to Brnovich, the agreement is set up so that most of the money would go to four border and immigration charities.

Judge David Campbell told attorneys in January that he needed more information before he could approve it.

Civil rights groups say motel employees at two Phoenix locations voluntarily gave personal information about Latino guests to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, resulting in interrogations and detainments.

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