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Are bedbug lawsuits legitimate?

Attorney Daniel Whitney has filed eight lawsuits since Sept. 1 on behalf of bedbug victims across the state seeking a total of more than $7 million in damages.

By Local Editors  |  November 27, 2010; 6:41 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Let's see:

Res Ipas Locquitor [The bedbugs presence speak for itself -- but who brought them in??? Since the landlord is a highly unlikely answer, this approach doesn't fly.

Contributory negligence -- the Plaintiff or their friends brought the suckers in.

Only in rare instances, i.e., and old tenant had them and moved out and a new tenant moved in supposedly after extermination occurred, do you have a shot and then WHO SAYS the new tenant didn't bring them in with them ???

Check for the bedbug DNA -- well this 'do not apply.' LOL

Good luck

Posted by: | November 28, 2010 12:54 AM

Tort and not to pay the rent are two different stories. You may not have to pay the rent, but tort?

Posted by: uzs106 | November 28, 2010 8:58 AM

Tenants successfully sue landlords who fail to control roaches and other vermin.

Real estate laws require homes in certain regions be termine free - or under a maintenance program. Without a Termite inspection a home sale can be stalled or cancelled.

When Pandora opened the box ane unleashed vermin and pestilence on the world, bedbugs were among the vermin. It just took them a while to claim their territory and settle in here.

Tenants cannot simply withhold rent if a landlord refuses to comply with the lease terms and treat properties (multi-unit) with a known vermin problem.

Tenants must sue the landlord in court and win a ruling that allows them to deposit rent in a separate checking account until the complaint is satisfactorily resolved.

It can take upwards to 90 days to get on the court dockets after notifying the landlord of the problem. Most tenants don't want to live with the problem that long and will either walk away from the problem, or resolve themselves and bill the landlord. If the landlord refuses to reimburse or reduce the rent accordingly, the tenant can then sue the landlord for costs - and usually will win if the costs are reasonable and sufficient evidence is presented.

Landlords cannot be held responsible for bedbugs per se. They can however be held responsible for failure to treat and make a reasonable attempt to erradicate the vermin.

Posted by: asmith1 | November 28, 2010 10:05 AM

Probably not.

The bedbugs probably can't get competent legal representation in this country since they don't fall into the WASP category.

What a frigging waste of time and legal effort! Besides, real people don't have any rights in our conservative court system unless their last names were Corporation or Conglomerate.

Posted by: BigTrees | November 28, 2010 10:55 AM

We gave always had a bedbug problem in this country and all over the world. This latest headline is being generated by trial lawyers, the most unscrupulous individuals in the country. Just look at all the bedbugs we have in congress. Look at the head bedbug in the white house. We are in fested and there are solutions to get rid of them.

Posted by: lori9 | November 28, 2010 5:55 PM

I don't dislike trial lawyers so much that I refuse to see the reality here: a few successful lawsuits might force hotels to be more proactive in protecting the public against bedbugs. After researching the matter out of concern for a relative in the northeast, I realized that bedbugs are exceptionally difficult and expensive to exterminate, and actually, most attempts fail. I never worried too much until I realized that once your home becomes infested, everything you own becomes infested. Perhaps permanently.

Posted by: duffmama | November 28, 2010 8:08 PM

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