Residents of Rental House Sue Landlord Over Black Mold Infestation

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Residents of Rental House Sue Landlord Over Black Mold Infestation

Residents of a rental house in Alton, Illinois, have filed a lawsuit against the landlord, alleging that the property was infested with black mold.

The lawsuit claims that black mold is a serious health hazard, and the defendants failed to prevent mold growth which has caused injury and pain to the plaintiffs Patrick Phillips, Chasity Phillips and four minor children.

The lawsuit names Rashad Robinson, CR Investments, CR Property Investments, LLC, Robinson Realty and Especial Services and Renovations, as well as owners and managers of the property located in Residence Street.


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Ill Woman Sues Drake Hotel over Moldy Rooms

Lori Ficarra, who allegedly became sick after residing in a moldy hotel room, has filed a lawsuit against Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, being operated/owned by the Hilton Worldwide Inc., LCP Berkshire LLC, and HPP Hotels USA Inc.

According to the lawsuit, Ficarra resided in the hotel room on August 23, 2013. She started feeling ill on August 24 after which, her health conditions worsened on August 27 when she vomited blood and got admitted in Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

The lawsuit claims that due to alleged nuisance and negligence of the hotel operators in the form of moldy walls, floors and ceilings, Ficarra became severely sick.

The lawsuit seeks damages worth more than $100,000 as well as attorney’s fees and costs.


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Kane County Morgue Reopens after Mold Clean-up, Repairs

The Kane County morgue, which was closed last summer due to mold infestation and other issues, has recently been reopened.

The morgue was closed around 8 months ago, when several problems were detected including mold and freezer malfunctions. According to Coroner Rob Russell, the mold detected in the facility was non-toxic but it was necessary to clean it up.

An open house was organized on February 10 to mark the reopening of the morgue.

During the maintenance period, the morgue operations were shifted to DuPage County.


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Kane County Coroner Office Closed Following Black Mold Detection

The coroner office for Kane County, Illinois is being temporarily shifted to DuPage County facility, after black mold was detected in and around the morgue’s cooler and refrigerator area.

Rob Russell, the Kane County Coroner, said at Friday’s Judicial and Public Safety Committee meeting that mold growth was found in the morgue during freezer parts replacement conducted by Mechanical Inc. An environmental scientists was then consulted who identified the mold and recommended to temporarily shut down the building. Russell said he closed the building after notifying Joe McMahon, the State’s Attorney.

DuPage County Coroner Richard Jorgensen said during the meeting, “We are very happy and able to accommodate [Russell’s] coroner’s office in our facility.” He was earlier contacted by Russell regarding the issue.

A statement released by the Kane County Coroner’s Office states, “there will be no impairment of service to the public. Families and funeral homes will be notified of the new temporary location, and information will also be available on the Kane County website.”