Law360 (May 18, 2021, 4:44 p.m. EDT) – An Eleventh Circle judge suggested Tuesday that hotel franchisers could be held liable for sex trafficking under federal law that they don’t directly participate in, and said during a hearing a Georgia federal judge may have incorrectly ruled otherwise.

The Court of Appeal is asking four alleged sex trafficking victims to restore their claims against Choice Hotels International Inc., Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc., and Microtel Inns and Suites Franchising Inc., who were dismissed in April 2020 by U.S. District Judge William M. Ray II. Judge Ray stated that plaintiffs could not demonstrate that the hotel franchisors were involved in …

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