Remember the low income, elderly, and disabled tenants of Elsie Mason Manor and Ligutti Tower in Des Moines, Iowa, who said they lived with bed bugs without treatment for more than two years?
In fact, tenants claimed there was no bed bug treatment until they filed a lawsuit.
We first told you about their story back in 2010, when they filed a bed bug class action lawsuit against their landlord. The tenants cited “unconscionable and substandard living conditions” and wanted the landlord to provide immediate treatment for residents, and to disclose the presence of bed bugs to prospective tenants.
And it was said the class (representing about 300 current and former tenants) would seek as much as $7.4 million, “in reimbursement for pain and suffering, rent overcharges and replacement of infested belongings.”
In 2011, the judge initially certified the class, a ruling which was later challenged. And now, according to the Des Moines Register, the bed bug class action suit will finally be headed to Polk County District Court for trial.
You may also be interested in our list of bed bug lawsuits.