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Monday
Jan102011

Waldorf-Astoria Faces Another Bedbug Lawsuit

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York's famed Waldorf-Astoria has been hit with a third lawsuit, accusing the luxury hotel of not doing enough to prevent bedbugs. Unlike other recent suits, the Maryland guest seeking $10 million in damages claims to have been bitten back in August 2007.

The suit by Svetlana Tendler is the latest in a long string of high-profile cases against hotels from guests who say they've had bad experiences with the pests.

There was the $20 million suit in 2006 against a Catskills resort from a couple who said they got 500 bites while staying at the now-closed Nevele Grande Hotel. A few months later came another multi-million suit from a couple who said they got red, itchy welts from the insects after a five-night stay at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel in London.

Suing for millions of dollars is one thing; winning the case is something else. A successful bedbug lawsuit must show not just that a guest was bitten by the pests, but that hotel management had prior knowledge of the problem and choose to ignore it.

Waldorf-Astoria’s corporate parent, Hilton, would not comment on particular cases because of pending litigation. But a company spokesman said the hotel trains employees in the tell-tale signs of bedbugs. It also has a pest control service on retainer to perform appropriate inspections and treatments, if warranted.

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