The unprecedented case started in 2008 when Starwood charged that Hilton – and two former Starwood executives who had joined Hilton’s luxury hotel development team – stole documents to help Hilton develop its own version of Starwood’s successful W hotel chain (Denizen) and rush it to market. A federal investigation was launched in April 2009 into the allegations, at which time Hilton grounded efforts to develop Denizen.
Newly filed court documents show that Hilton and Starwood’s agreement:
- Bans Hilton until January 2013 from developing a hotel brand that would compete in the same category as Denizen, the W-style hotel that it tried to develop using information.
- Requires Hilton to make payments to Starwood; no sum is disclosed.
- Calls for Hilton to be supervised until January 2013 by two federally appointed monitors to, Starwood says, “assure that the conduct that occurred does not occur again.”