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Woman Sues Virginia Beach Motel Owner Over Bedbug Infestation

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A woman is suing an Oceanfront motel owner, after she and her infant son ended up sharing the bed with some unwanted guests: bedbugs. Michelle A. Scott is seeking $100,000 in compensation for her infant son’s medical bills, alleging that the boy was seriously bitten and scarred by bedbugs.

Scott has filed a complaint with the Virginia Beach Circuit Court against Dan Perella, the owner of La Coquille Motel on 16th Street in Virginia Beach. However, Perella maintains that the boy was already covered with scabs when Scott checked in to the motel and that she informed him that her son had chickenpox. Furthermore, he also argues that although he doubted there were bedbugs in the room, he moved Scott and her son to another one of his properties, the Flagship Resort Inn. Nevertheless, the city health department received a second complaint of bedbug infestation at La Coquille in May, as well. Ms. Scott’s incident occurred in February, and Erin Sutton, the environmental health manager for the city’s public health department, said it was a “complete infestation” in the single room that Scott occupied.

This is not the first lawsuit that Perella has faced ovebedbugsr bedbugs, either. He also had problems at another hotel that he owns: the Castle Motel on Pacific Avenue was shut down two years ago because of a bedbug infestation. The guest, who sued him over the Castle Motel infestation in 2007, won their $10,000 settlement.

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  1. Rick Shapiro says:
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    David:
    yes, this motel is about 15 minutes from my law office. I have had at least 5 potential clients call me about bedbug issues and some stayed at Virginia Beach hotels/motels. This is embarrassing for the entire hotel industry in Va. Beach, but most of the hotels are well run.
    Rick Shapiro

  2. toni says:
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    my husband and i have been biten by bed bugs from a motel in culman al. or ocala fl. we would like to know if there is anything we can do

  3. John Pinnelli says:
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    From my legal research, i found that that owner, Dan Parrella was also accuised of raping a female guest. Why does VAB allow such bad behavior? Such a nice place other than creeps like him.

  4. Ron says:
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    If you want contact Mr. Lopez At (813)223-1977 he is an attorney in Tampa and is handling a bedbug case now.Tell him Ron gave you his number.