Law360, New York (May 7, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT) -- Howard Johnson International Inc. sought Friday to unravel part of a putative class action in California accusing the hotel chain of surreptitiously recording customer phone calls and seeking punitive damages, arguing the man bringing suit did not show he was harmed.
In a motion to dismiss, Howard Johnson asked a California federal court to throw out Loren Stone's claim for common law invasion of privacy and squash the plaintiff's request for punitive damages.
The hotel chain argued that Stone's only claim of harm was that he...
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