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Hilton Subpoenaed Over Starwood Trade Secrets
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Temporarily Suspends Development of the Denizen Hotels Brand

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Hilton Hotels Corporation Receives Federal Grand Jury Subpoena

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 21, 2009 – Hilton Hotels Corporation today acknowledged receipt of a federal grand jury subpoena from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York requesting documents relating to Hilton's employment of former employees of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and materials which Hilton returned to Starwood in February of 2009. 

On April 16, Starwood filed a civil complaint alleging its former employees, Ross Klein and Amar Lalvani, and Hilton, unlawfully obtained and used Starwood information. 

Hilton has placed Mr. Klein, Mr. Lalvani and their luxury and lifestyle team on paid administrative leave pending Hilton’s review of the situation. 

At this time, further development of the Denizen Hotels brand has been temporarily suspended. 

About Hilton Hotels Corporation
Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,300 hotels and 550,000 rooms in 77 countries and more than 130,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises some of the best known and highly regarded hotel brands including Hilton®, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations™, Homewood Suites by Hilton®, the Waldorf Astoria™ and the Waldorf Astoria Collection™, as well as the recently launched Home2 Suites by Hilton™. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. 

Hilton Hotels Corporation is an Official Sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team, which will extend through the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, the 2010/2012 U.S. Paralympic Team and the 2011 U.S. Pan American Team. 

The Hilton Family of Hotels adheres to founder Conrad Hilton’s philosophy that, “It has been, and continues to be, our responsibility to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality.” The company put a name to its unique brand of service that has made it the best known and most highly regarded hotel company: be hospitable®. The philosophy is shared by all brands in the Hilton Family of Hotels, and is the inspiration for its overarching message of kindness and generosity. For more information about the company, please visit www.hiltonfamily.com. 
 

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Contact:

Ellen Gonda 
Hilton Hotels Corporation 
310-205-7676 

Michael Buckley 
Brunswick Group 
415-293-8463 
 

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Also See: Starwood Sues Hilton and Two Former Starwood Executives for Corporate Espionage, Theft of Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition; Lawsuit Alleges 100,000 Files Looted From Starwood Computers By Ross Klein and Amar Lalvani / April 2009
Hilton Hotels Adds New Brand - Denizen Hotels; the Term Denizen Literally Means ‘Citizen of the World” / March 2009
Hilton Hotels Makes Significant New Executive Appointments; Two Former Starwood Execs, Ross Klein and Amar Lalvani, Join Hilton to Advance its Goal of Developing a Presence in the Luxury and Lifestyle Sectors / June 2008
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