Attorneys duel over documents in pilot’s lawsuit against Wyndham
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Photo by Steven Dahlman 24-Apr-15 – The Air India pilot suing them in federal court says the owner and operator of Wyndham Grand Riverfront Hotel are taking too long to produce documents.

Pankul Mathur has asked a United States District Court judge to order Hospitality Properties Trust and Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc., to comply with requests for documents related to an incident in 2013 in which Mathur says he was robbed at the hotel.

The 46-year-old Boeing 777 captain, in Chicago on a layover on April 15, 2013, says he woke to a loud banging on his door. When he opened the door, a large African-American woman barged into his room, took $500 from his wallet next to the bed, and on her way out told an employee of the hotel she was a prostitute and Mathur had refused to pay her.

He says after he was robbed, hotel staff refused to help him. The woman is seen on security video leaving the hotel. She has never been located.

Mathur’s attorney, Sanjay Shivpur, filed a motion on Wednesday to request the hotel be ordered to answer their discovery requests and produce a corporate witness for deposition.

The hotel says they need more time. On Thursday, Wyndham Hotel Management filed a motion for a protective order and to quash notice of deposition. They say they were only served notice on April 3 and parties have yet to agree on a date for the deposition, at which time a representative of Wyndham would be quizzed about ten topics.

Attorneys for Wyndham say they do not object to presenting a witness but need more time to prepare one on all ten topics.

Mathur has requested numerous documents from the hotel, such as agreements between owner and operator, financial statement, insurance polices, and the real estate deed. He wants to know more about the hotel’s security procedures, policies if a guest is robbed, whether this sort of incident has happened before, where security cameras are located, and whether the hotel has ever considered installing security chains on guestroom doors.

He also want to know more about a man named Andrew Jones, instances when he was at the hotel, and instances when he was told not to come back to the hotel.

Mathur (right) has requested illustrations of employee uniforms but the hotel says that while there is a dress code for employees, there are no uniforms. Pankul Mathur

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By Steven Dahlman | Loop North News |

Published 24-Apr-15 2:34 AM

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