Out of complete desperation to get rid of the bed bugs, Fox News hired an entomologist that was employed with the American Museum of Natural History. The entomologist was able to determine that the treatments were working, but the office was continuously being re-infested by another staff member. This was only confirmed after the entomologist visited each of the employee’s homes, and second homes, in an effort to pin-point the exact location of the bed bug infestation so that the re-infestation within the office building could stop.
Ms. Clark claims to have sustained physical and mental injuries because of the bed bug bites that she received, resulting in her resigning from her job in 2008. Ms. Clark soon became the first worker to sue a commercial landlord, and its agents, over a New York City bed bug infestation. Fox News was not named in the lawsuit.
New York Supreme Court Judge Carol Robinson Edmead dismissed the negligence lawsuit in mid-April.
The judge said that the Fox worker had “no contractual relationship” with the property defendants in the case and that “Fox News took extraordinary measures to combat the bed bug infestation.” Quite frankly…she’s correct!
Judge Edmead said…
“Movants posit that since there are no effective prophylactic measures against bed bugs, the only thing they could do to prevent bed bugs would be to subject all persons entering the building and their possessions to a thorough search by specially trained dogs and human inspectors which would be much more intrusive than the searches conducted at airports — a practical impossibility since more than 6,000 people a day go into the building.”
The former Fox News employee has announced that she does intend on appealing the ruling in this case.
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