'Bedbug Lawyer' Battles Creepy Crisis

Sues building bosses as 'unstoppable' creatures surge
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 28, 2010 7:40 AM CST
In this file photo taken Sept. 21, 2010, attendees visit vendor booths during the first North American Bed Bug Summit in Rosemont, Ill.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
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(Newser) – The veteran of eight bedbug-centered lawsuits since September seeking $100,000 to $3.5 million, a Maryland attorney has earned himself a reputation as the bedbug lawyer, the Washington Post reports. Some are calling Daniel Whitney a “bloodsucker,” but he calls that “nonsense. These people need help.” Victims mostly seek damages from building management over what they call negligence amid a bedbug resurgence.

The creatures were almost gone from the US in the 1950s, but since the 1990s, they’ve come crawling back, and now they’re showing up everywhere from college dorms to Google’s offices to the poshest hotels. A North Carolina congressman has hosted a Congressional Bed Bug Forum. Whitney’s cases cite “embarrassment, mental and emotional distress,” “fear,” and “anxiety.” But so far, the bugs seem “unstoppable,” says an entomologist.

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