Getting rid of a lawsuit that stars bed bugs at Trump National Doral Miami wasn’t necessarily on President Donald Trump’s immediate to-do list, so his people in Miami did that for him.
The Trump company that owns the famed resort agreed to an out-of-court settlement with New Jersey insurance executive Eric Linder.
Linder, 64, was at the resort in March 2016 when he woke up from a night in the fancy Jack Nicklaus-themed villa with his back, arms and neck perforated in numerous places by bed bugs.
A thoroughly creeped out Linder said he headed for the nearest 24 hour clinic as soon as he understood he was the victim of an insect feeding frenzy and went through a round of antibiotics to make sure there’d be no infection. He also had to lather himself in an anti-bacterial ointment for a full day.
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Linder, who travels extensively, also left the contents of his suitcase at the hotel when he went back to Jersey, just in case the insects invaded his clothing.
Linder was upgraded to the villa after he was moved from his original room when a water pipe upstairs from him burst.
Linder sued in September in a Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, asking for more than $15,000 in damages for his “pain and suffering.”
According to papers filed in response to the complaint, the resort’s defense was that Linder “conducted himself so carelessly and negligently that his conduct was the sole proximate cause [of the injuries].” Trump’s lawyers didn’t give any explanation on just how it was Linder’s fault.
Linder declined comment on how he feels about the resolution, which was not made public.
Trump’s lawyers didn’t respond to a request for comment.