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Social Media Condemns Marriott in Erin Andrews Case

Sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews testifies Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrews has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the franchise owner and manager of a luxury hotel and a man who admitted to making secret nude recordings of her in 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)

[Clarification: Erin Andrews is suing West End Hotel Partners, which owns the franchised Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University; management company Windsor Capital Group; and her stalker, Michael David Barrett, and not Mariott Hotels.]

There has been an outpouring of sympathy for Erin Andrews and widespread condemnation of the Marriott brand following the dismissal of a $75 million suit filed following the release of a nude video taken illegally by a stalker in a Nashville Marriott hotel. Defense attorneys argued that Andrews’ career has benefited from the release of the footage, citing sponsorships from Diet Mountain Dew and Reebok since the video was released in 2009. Andrews testified that Marriott hotel staff informed the stalker of which room she was staying in and allowed him to rent an adjacent room, permitting him to record the illegal footage.

“Marriott has sunk to a new, and truly disgusting, low,” said Nita Chaudhary, a co-founder of UltraViolet. “Comments like the ones made by their attorney today contribute to rape culture and could sway other women not to come forward with their stories.”

To read more on this story, go to CBS News.

[Photo: AP]

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Counsellor March 14, 2016

If you're going to do an article, at least *try* to get it right. You're castigating "the Marriott hotel chain" saying "Marriott’s defense attorney argued that Andrews’ career has benefited from the release of the footage," The "hotel chain" is long gone from the litigation, having been dismissed out. The argument you're so mad about was made not by the attorney for the chain but rather by the attorney for the owners of the property itself (Marriott is not the owner). By the way, in setting quantum (amount) of damages, the jury must consider any loss suffered by the victim. If the loss is not monetary, but rather emotional, it is still compensible, but since compensatory damages are to make the person whole, one must compare before and after, which would include (but not be limited to) monetary gain or loss. Punitive damages are the part intended to punish the wrongdoer, and that's a different calculation.

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starflyer March 7, 2016

What is she suing for, $75 million? Not saying it was right to film her, but I'd sure be willing to be filmed naked through a peephole and shown on the internet for that amount.

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Icecat March 5, 2016

Marriott Hotel chain was dismissed from this lawsuit back in January. It's the franchise owner and the employee whom are on the hot seat in this case.