LAS VEGAS (CN) – Six guests at the Aria Resort & Casino say they got Legionnaires’ disease from showers in their hotel rooms between April and July this year.
In a 266-page federal complaint, guests from Texas to Canada say the hotel allowed the hot water in its bathrooms to “vaporize and otherwise become aerolized, allowing it to be inhaled,” giving them the potentially fatal form of pneumonia.
They say they have incurred hefty medical debts.
The Aria announced on its website in July that the 4,004-room luxury resort on the Strip had been linked to some cases of the disease. It stated that health officials had notified it of a “few reported instances of guests” who stayed at the hotel from June 21 to July 4 who were diagnosed with, treated for and “recovered from” Legionnaires’ disease.
The Aria said it has “implemented a comprehensive abatement effort,” and that all subsequent tests have come back with “no detectible levels of active Legionella,” the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease.
Although the hotel said the dates of potential infection were from June 21 to July 4, some of the plaintiffs say they stayed at the hotel as early as June 8, and in April.
Each plaintiff seeks $1.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages, for negligence, breach of contract and loss of consortium.
Named as defendants are MGM Resorts International; Dubai World; Infinity World Holding Ltd.; Infinity World (Cayman) LP; Infinity World Cayman Investments Corp.; Infinity World Investments; Mirage Resorts; Project CC; Aria Resort & Casino; Infinity World Development Corp.; CityCenter Holdings; CityCenter Land; Tutor Perini Corp.; Tishman Construction Corp. of Nevada; and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects inc.
The plaintiffs are represented by Brian Nettles.