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Bed bugs worth half-million verdict for Arkansas family


The Los Angeles Times says an Arkansas family has won what's been called the largest judgment - $546,000 — in a lawsuit over bedbugs at a hotel.

A San Bernardino County Superior Court jury unanimously awarded the damages Monday for medical bills and emotional distress from bites and rashes that Martha, Alex and Marcus McKindra said they suffered during a 2013 stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Ontario/Rancho Cucamonga.

..... Alex McKindra, 63, a retired army colonel, and his wife, Martha, 63, checked into the hotel in March 2013 with their son, Marcus, 34, Virag said. The family was in the area to deliver a car to Marcus, who was serving in the reserves at Vandenberg Air Force Base, near Lompoc, he said.

Only a few hours after going to bed, the family members awoke with bites and rashes and demanded another room, Virag said. The hotel was fully booked, so the family was forced to move to another hotel, he said.

The lawsuit said the manager knew of the bed bugs in the room but “failed to disclose, inspect or warn plaintiffs of the presence of these filthy infestations at the premises.”

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