Case Details

Year Initiated/Committed


Year Resolved


Settlement Amount

$1.05 million


U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Docket Number


Lead State


Participating States



Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., ; Seattle Union Street Associates *Note: these are the subjects of the state’s investigation. These companies initiated a declaratory judgment action against the state to stop the investigation.

Case Description

State investigated the practices of Starwood, related to its operation of hotels competing in the downtown Seattle convention and large group markets. The state’s concern focused on Starwood’s management of the only two large convention hotels in Seattle, which were independently owned, and whether groups were receiving competitive bids from each hotel. The Seattle Sheraton and Seattle Westin hotels agreed to notify large groups and convention customers that they can request separate bids, quotes and prices from each hotel. Starwood also agreed the two hotels will only share between themselves pricing and availability information relating to negotiations with those customers when such information is also available to the industry or the public. In addition, Starwood will pay the state $1.05 million in costs and attorney fees.