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Woman Suing Airbnb For $1.3M After Husband Dies From Contaminated Hot Tub

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Woman Suing Airbnb For $1.3M After Husband Dies From Contaminated Hot Tub

A New Zealand woman, Sandra Bermingham, is preparing to take legal action against Airbnb after her husband tragically passed away. The incident occurred during a family vacation in Gozo, Malta back in 2016. Paul Bermingham fell ill shortly after using the hot tub in their rented Airbnb accommodation, and he succumbed to Legionnaires’ disease a few days after their return home from the Christmas holiday.

Traveler Blames Hot Tub For Husbands Death

Sandra firmly believes that the contaminated hot tub was responsible for her husband’s untimely death. Her intention is to sue Airbnb for a staggering $1.3 million, claiming that the company neglected proper maintenance of the jacuzzi. She alleges that the hot tub had not been used for a while prior to their arrival, raising concerns about its cleanliness and safety.

Legionnaires’ disease, a severe lung infection caused by Legionella bacteria, was determined by medical professionals to be the cause of Paul’s demise. This bacterial infection spreads through water droplets and can pose a significant threat if hot tubs and other water systems are not adequately cleaned and maintained. While Legionnaires’ disease is rare in domestic settings, public places such as hotels, spas, and hospitals can harbor the bacteria if proper sanitation measures are not enforced. Other potential breeding grounds for Legionella bacteria include humidifiers, air conditioners, and old showers.

A Celebration Turned Tragic

The Bermingham family’s holiday celebration turned into a nightmare during their visit to Gozo. Renting an Airbnb home for a two-week stay, they were accompanied by their children, Darragh (10) and Kate (12). Unbeknownst to them, their joyous vacation would take a tragic turn.

One of the rooms in the rented home featured a hot tub, which Paul decided to use upon their arrival. However, the water turned out to be too cold, and he spent only a few seconds in the tub. Surprisingly, neither of the children who also used the hot tub was affected by the bacteria.

Upon their return to Islington, North London, Paul fell seriously ill and was immediately rushed to a local hospital. Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated, and he was placed in a medically induced coma. Despite the hospital’s efforts, Paul never recovered and succumbed to the illness.

A Lengthy Legal Battle

Since her husband’s passing in 2016, Sandra Bermingham has been engaged in a six-year-long legal battle against Airbnb. Facing mounting legal fees, a GoFundMe campaign was established to support her pursuit of justice against the popular vacation rental company. Sandra firmly asserts that the hot tub in the rental home was contaminated with bacteria, which ultimately claimed her husband’s life.

Sandra’s frustration with Airbnb stems from the lack of response and acknowledgment of her claims. The company has failed to provide any compensation for the wrongful death of her husband and has refused to investigate the property where the contaminated hot tub was located.

“At every turn, they have tried to frustrate me and do not want to accept any liability for my husband’s death and the turmoil that has been caused in my family’s life,” she stated. Sandra further expressed her disappointment when attempting to communicate with Airbnb’s lawyers, as she was informed that they were unavailable due to holiday vacations. She finds it disheartening that a major multi-billion-dollar company can claim unavailability to address such a serious matter.

Moreover, Sandra alleges that the Maltese government has been uncooperative in her quest for justice by refusing to release the test results from the contaminated hot tub.

Seeking Justice

In her pursuit for accountability, Sandra hopes to shed light on Airbnb’s operations, emphasizing the company’s significant profits while evading responsibility when tragic incidents occur in the properties they generate billions from.

In response to the situation, an Airbnb spokesperson expressed their condolences, stating, “We were deeply saddened to learn about this tragic incident when it occurred, and our thoughts remain with the Bermingham family as they navigate through this unimaginable loss,” an Airbnb spokesperson stated.

The company acknowledged that they have remained in contact with the family’s representatives regarding the matter. They emphasized that the safety of their community is of utmost importance and highlighted that isolated incidents like this are exceptionally rare, considering the significant number of guest arrivals in Airbnb listings.

However, Sandra Bermingham’s frustrations with Airbnb’s response and lack of accountability persist. The company’s failure to address her claims and refusal to compensate her family for the wrongful death of her husband have left her feeling discouraged and disheartened.

As she continues her legal battle, Sandra hopes to bring attention to the need for stronger safety measures and accountability in the vacation rental industry. She believes that companies like Airbnb should prioritize regular maintenance and thorough cleanliness checks of the properties listed on their platform. By raising awareness about her husband’s tragic experience, Sandra aims to shed light on the potential risks associated with inadequate maintenance of amenities such as hot tubs, which can lead to devastating consequences.

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‘Friends’ Star Matthew Perry Dies From Apparent Drowning in Hot Tub

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The world was left in shock as news of the sudden and tragic passing of Matthew Perry, beloved for his portrayal of Chandler Bing in the iconic TV series “Friends,” broke. Perry, who was 54 years old, was found dead at his Los Angeles residence, leaving many in disbelief.

Authorities responded to his home at around 4 p.m., where Perry was discovered lifeless in a hot tub. Although an investigation is currently underway, anonymous law enforcement sources have refrained from specifying an official cause of death. While no illicit substances were found at the scene, prescription medications were reportedly discovered in Perry’s home, necessitating toxicology assessments.

As of the time of this report, there has been no statement or response from a representative of Matthew Perry. Los Angeles Police Capt. Scot Williams, who heads the Robbery Homicide Division overseeing the investigation, has stated that foul play is not currently suspected. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has postponed its determination of the cause of death, suggesting that it may remain unknown for some time.

Matthew Perry’s untimely passing has sent shockwaves throughout the entertainment world, with Warner Bros. Television Group, the production company behind “Friends,” expressing their profound sorrow. Perry is remembered as an incredibly talented actor who left an enduring impact on the Warner Bros. Television Group family and audiences worldwide.

NBC, the network that aired “Friends” for all ten seasons, joined in the collective mourning, lauding Perry’s impeccable comedic timing and witty humor. They expressed their belief that his legacy would continue to bring joy to countless generations.

On Saturday night, Perry’s body was carefully moved from his Pacific Palisades home into a coroner’s van. Reports suggest that he may have tragically drowned in the hot tub, possibly after experiencing a cardiac arrest. Perry’s assistant reportedly made the emergency call.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a possible “water rescue” call at 4:07 p.m. When they arrived, Perry was found unresponsive. Authorities cordoned off the residence and set up a white tent near the hot tub and pool area in Perry’s backyard. Photographs captured Perry’s parents, Suzanne Perry and John Bennett Perry, at the scene, along with Suzanne’s husband, Keith Morrison of “Dateline.”

It is worth noting that accidents related to hot tubs, such as drowning, are more common than many realize. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that over 300 people lose their lives annually in hot tub-related incidents. Children, especially those under 5, make up a significant portion of these tragic events.

While the details surrounding Perry’s passing are still emerging, additional information indicates that he had been active earlier on the day of his death. Sources suggest that he had played pickleball for two hours in the morning and sent his assistant on an errand. Upon the assistant’s return, Perry was found unresponsive, leading to an immediate call to 911.

Perry’s well-documented battle with substance abuse was openly shared in his 2022 memoir. Despite facing numerous challenges, he had a strong desire to support others in their own struggles with addiction, even establishing a sober men’s facility in Southern California.

Law enforcement has not raised suspicions of foul play or unusual circumstances in his passing. However, it may take several weeks for an official cause of death to be determined as investigations continue.

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Hot Tub Repair Man Accused Of Burglary

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During a ski trip in Georgia, a group of friends encountered an unfortunate incident involving a hot tub repairman. After completing the job, the friends invited the repairman in for a beer. However, the following day, the repairman allegedly broke into their apartment and made off with personal items valued at nearly $20,000.

The tenants reported the incident to the Steamboat Springs Police Department on March 16. According to the arrest affidavit, the renters had contacted Vacasa rental regarding a broken hot tub in their rental property. Christopher Svenson, a contractor hired through Vacasa, responded to the request. One of the renters had a conversation with Svenson while he was repairing the hot tub and extended an invitation to join them for a drink.

The next day, the three renters left the premises to go skiing. Upon returning at noon, one of the renters discovered that the door was unlocked. They reported several stolen items, including a Rolex watch worth $18,000, Bose headphones worth $329, a Dell laptop worth $848, Adidas sneakers worth $160, and an $80 laptop case. Additionally, one of the renters reported the theft of an American Express credit card, while another stated that $1,200 in cash was missing from their laptop case.

The renter whose credit card was allegedly stolen received notifications of its usage in multiple locations around Steamboat, starting at 12:10 p.m. on March 16, just ten minutes after one of the renters returned to find the unlocked door.

According to the affidavit, Svenson had only been employed by the rental company for five days, as confirmed by the property manager. The property manager informed the police that Svenson had access to the garage but did not possess keys to enter the residence.

On the morning of March 16 at 9:15 a.m., Svenson reportedly expressed feeling belittled by the tenants to the property manager and promptly quit before leaving the office. However, despite quitting, Svenson was allegedly seen at the rental property by a maintenance staff member at 9:30 a.m., just 15 minutes later.

The police used vehicle registration data and video footage from stores where the stolen credit card was used to identify Svenson as the suspect. Subsequently, Svenson was arrested on Wednesday, April 26, on charges of second-degree burglary, a Class 3 felony, and theft, a Class 5 felony. His bail was set at $25,000.

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Canadian Spa Brands Merge – Hydropool + Sunrise

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Canadian Spa Brands Merge - Hydropool + Sunrise

Mississauga-based company Hydropool has made a groundbreaking announcement in the Canadian hot tub and swim spa industry by merging with Sunrise Spas. This merger brings together the leadership, intellectual property, and industry experience of both companies, totaling almost a century, to enhance the efficiency of the production process for both manufacturers.

The primary objective of the merger is to strengthen both the Hydropool and Sunrise brands. By working closely together, the companies aim to build a strong future. The merger presents an exciting opportunity for all those involved in either company.

While the two manufacturers join forces, most aspects of their operations will remain unchanged. Retailers can expect to continue receiving the same high level of service and support they have been accustomed to.

Over the next year, there will be a gradual shift in Sunrise’s production and assembly from Grimsby, Ont. to Hydropool’s location in Mississauga. This transition will be carried out at a reasonable pace to minimize any disruption for retailers.

Throughout the merger, the Sunrise brand family will be maintained, with a focus on strengthening both brands without one overshadowing the other. Dealers will maintain their existing relationships with Sunrise Spas’ customer service, sales teams, and senior leadership. Parts will continue to be supplied directly by Sunrise, and the warranty service will also be handled by Sunrise.

The merger is seen as a change that makes sense for both companies, considering the current economic climate. By operating more efficiently and expanding manufacturing capabilities, both Hydropool and Sunrise will be better positioned for the future.

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