Ashford Prime Files Motion To Dismiss In Response To Sessa's Frivolous And Meritless Lawsuit

Mar 01, 2016, 06:55 ET from Ashford Hospitality Prime

DALLAS, March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc., (NYSE: AHP) ("Ashford Prime" or the "Company") a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investing in luxury hotels located in resort and gateway markets, today announced that it has filed a motion to dismiss in response to the complaint brought by Sessa Capital ("Sessa") in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland on February 3, 2016.

The Company believes that the claims brought by Sessa in Maryland are frivolous and without merit and, based on the Company's interactions with Sessa to date, are merely another part of a coordinated campaign to gain control and force a quick sale of the Company. In its motion, the Company demonstrates that Sessa's claims lack substantive merit and that the Circuit Court for Baltimore City or any other Maryland-based court is the wrong court to hear this matter because none of the Directors named in the lawsuit live or work in the state and all of the alleged acts Sessa complains of took place in Texas, not Maryland.

The management of Ashford Prime and its Board remain firmly committed to serving the interests of all stockholders and are continuing to conduct a thorough review of strategic alternatives, including a potential sale of the Company. 

Ashford Prime filed a separate complaint against Sessa in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas on February 25, 2016. The complaint, which alleges violations by Sessa of U.S. securities laws, aims to protect the Company's public stockholders from having to vote on Sessa's slate with incomplete and materially misleading information about who Sessa's nominees are, and what they plan to do should they obtain control of Ashford Prime's Board.

Ashford Prime has retained Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP as legal counsel on this matter.

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Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. ("Ashford Prime") plans to file with the SEC and furnish to its stockholders a Proxy Statement in connection with its 2016 Annual Meeting, and advises its stockholders to read the Proxy Statement relating to the 2016 Annual Meeting when it becomes available, because it will contain important information. Stockholders may obtain a free copy of the Proxy Statement and other documents (when available) that Ashford Prime files with the SEC at the SEC's website at The Proxy Statement and these other documents may also be obtained for free from Ashford Prime by directing a request to Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc., Attn: Investor Relations, 14185 Dallas Parkway, Suite 1100, Dallas, Texas 75254 or by calling (972) 490-9600.

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