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The Times January 17, 2007

Top lawyer sues for millions over bedbug ordeal at hotel
Lucy Bannerman

An American entertainment lawyer and his wife are seeking millions of dollars in compensation for being traumatised by bedbugs at one of London’s top luxury hotels.
Sidney Bluming, 62, who has represented Dame Elizabeth Taylor and the model Claudia Schiffer, claims that he and his wife, Cynthia, were covered in red, itchy welts from the insects after a five-night stay at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel last May.

Lawyers acting for the couple confirmed yesterday that they had filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit with the federal court in Manhattan, for the “mental harm and anguish” that they suffered as a result of the infestation.

Michael Weinstein, representing the Blumings, told The Times: “They have obviously suffered physical harm as well as mental harm. People associate bedbugs with more of a lower-end class of hotel. Clearly, that’s not the case here.”

Mr Bluming, who has 35 years’ experience in entertainment and intellectual property law, and his wife claim that the bugs found their way into their luggage and wound up infesting their own apartment in New York, which then had to be fumigated.

Cynthia Bluming, 60, who is in remission from cancer, said that she was emotionally traumatised by the incident, and that she had to be careful that her immune system was not harmed by the unwelcome insects.

The couple were staying in a £250-a-night room at the hotel, which has suites costing up to £5,000, during a five-day business conference.

The lawsuit alleges that they were humiliated and embarrassed by the unsightly wounds on their skin as they flew home and, for weeks afterwards, they were haunted by fear of the bedbugs. As a result, they woke up in the middle of the night with real or imagined itches that led them to conduct a frantic search of their bedroom and clothing for the insects.

“They wake up fitfully to check their bed for infestation or see if they’ve been bitten by bedbugs,” Mr Weinstein said.

He added that the hotel had been slow to respond to requests for information about the infestation and has still not handed over a report prepared by an exterminator.

The hotel chain is accused in the lawsuit of fraud, deceptive trade practice, negligence, recklessness, nuisance and in- tentional infliction of emotional distress.

Danielle DeVoe, a vice-president of Mandarin Oriental Group in the Americas, confirmed that there was “a regrettable but isolated incident of infestation”. She said that a full investigation had been carried out after the problem had been reported.

“There have been no subsequent incidents and the matter has been referred to our insurers,” she said. “Our policy is to operate with the highest standards of conduct with stringent hygiene systems at all of our hotels to safeguard the health and safety of our guests.”

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The common bedbug, Cimex lectularius, is a small, red-brown, wingless parasite that feeds on blood

The adult is less than 5mm (0.19in) in length

Mattresses are usually their habitat of choice, but they may also be found in carpets and cracks in walls

Each female lays two to three eggs a day. The cream-coloured eggs (1mm long) are cemented on to surfaces of hiding places

They are attracted by their hosts’ body heat, carbon dioxide in exhaled air, human sweat and/or odour

To kill the bedbugs wash, vacuum and clean surfaces and bedding. Use hot water and a dryer on the hottest setting source: Kill Bed Bugs
Behind head boards is another favorite. American TV had a two part report on the infestation some time ago.
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