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Consumer alleges headboard purchased from Wayfair was infested with bedbugs

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 7, 2019

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – An Illinois consumer alleges a headboard he purchased from an online home goods company was infested with bedbugs.

Ronald Gorny filed a complaint individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated on Dec. 17 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Wayfair Inc. and Wayfair LLC alleging breach of contract, negligence and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff purchased an upholstered headboard from Wayfair in July 2018 that was infested with bedbugs. He alleges he hired an exterminator to investigate the origin of the bedbugs and it was determined they were coming from the headboard.

The plaintiff holds Wayfair Inc. and Wayfair LLC responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to maintain their storage facility where the headboard was stored and failed to warn consumers of the threat to their health and safety.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendants; restitution; disgorgement of ill-gotten gains; actual damages; statutory, exemplary and punitive damages; interest; costs; attorney's fees; and other relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Katrina Carroll, Kyle A. Shamberg and Nicholas R. Lange of Lite Depalma Greenberg LLC in Chicago, Illinois and Tiffany M. Yiatras of Consumer Protection Legal LLC in Ellisville, Missouri.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois case number 1:18-cv-08259

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