Bed Bug Lawsuit at Homeless Shelter in Des Moines
Central Iowa Shelter & Services, a homeless shelter in Des Moines, has reached a bed bug settlement in a class-action lawsuit.
The lawsuit claimed that the shelter was infested by bed bugs between November 2014 and December 1, 2015, becoming completely uninhabitable.
The shelter has agreed to compensate every eligible plaintiff who has valid claims with as much as $400, depending on the length of their stay.
However, it denies any wrongdoing.
The shelter ended up agreeing to pay valid and timely claims made by the victims of the suit.
Mark Tripp, an attorney representing CISS, said the shelter has always had a proactive approach to pest control. An attorney representing the plaintiffs, Steve Wandro, said the shelter had pest issues before but was able to successfully resolve them.
“They’ve implemented effective procedures to manage the bed bug problem” claimed Wandro. Also claiming that the problem has been eradicated and the shelter is taking a much more proactive approach to resolving pest related issues.
He also cautioned against making assumptions about the source of the bed bugs, calling these creatures “an equal opportunity pest.”
Here are the full details of the class action settlement.