Calif. Court Strikes Distress Damages Over Bedbug Infestation

Law360 (November 21, 2019, 4:17 PM EST) -- A California appellate panel has reversed a $544,000 jury award to a family who stayed in a room infested with bedbugs at a hotel in Rancho Cucamonga, saying the record doesn’t show the hotel intentionally inflicted emotional distress.

Judge Douglas P. Miller, writing for the panel on Tuesday, set aside the jury’s intentional infliction of emotional distress verdict of $375,000 in damages to Martha McKindra and $119,000 to her husband, Alex. He said the panel was not persuaded by the couple’s claim that it was "outrageous" for the hotel to not have a bedbug prevention program in place with daily inspection...

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