Trump Doral settles lawsuit over biting bedbugs
JANUARY 30, 2017 04:14 PM, UPDATED AUGUST 27, 2019
In a bit of good news for the new president, court records show his attorneys in Miami have reached a tentative settlement with a business traveler who sued the resort after his back, face and arms were devoured by voracious bed bugs at the revamped resort.
In a terse one-page report just slipped into the court file, court-appointed mediator Frank Allocca filed a notice that reads "an agreement was reached." There were no details on what will likely be a confidential deal.
New Jersey insurance executive Eric Linder, who woke up from a night's sleep at the resort in March 2016 with dozens of bites, didn't return calls for comment. Neither did his lawyer nor Trump's local lawyer.
Linder, 63, filed suit in late July along with photos of his back and neck riddled with red blotches after he slept at the resort's $300-a-night Jack Nicklaus-themed villa.
Linder, according to Doral's response, "conducted himself so carelessly and negligently that his conduct was the sole proximate cause or contributing cause" to the bugs covering his body.
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In May, the Washington Post reported that the 643-room resort had been hit by declining revenues and profits between 2015 and 2017, with both occupancy and room rates well below competing resorts in its area. The New York Times, meanwhile, reported that Doral actually lost money to the tune of $2.4 million in 2014, the most recent year for which the Times was able to obtain documents specifying the Trump Organization's profits.
Here are some clarifying tweets.