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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Caesars Entertainment Over Norovirus Outbreak

Outbreak originated at Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Seattle foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark representing victims.


SEATTLE, WA—A class action lawsuit was filed by Marler Clark on Tuesday against Caesars Entertainment, owners of the Las Vegas Flamingo Hotel at the center of a Norovirus outbreak that has sickened hundreds. The lawsuit was filed in Clark County District Court (Case number A494586) on behalf of Joanne and Kenneth Schrembeck, and all similarly situated persons. The Schrembecks are Ohio residents who were vacationing in Las Vegas when Ms. Schrembeck became ill with Norovirus infection. Co-counsel in the case is Campbell & Williams, a respected Las Vegas law firm.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs contend that, even after it learned of the outbreak, the Flamingo Hotel failed to take reasonable measures to prevent the further spread of illness among its patrons and guests. Recent accounts from guests seem to corroborate the theory. John McCurdy and his brother, Martin, vacationing at the Flamingo over the Halloween weekend, saw no warning signs about the outbreak in the bedrooms, restaurants, or elsewhere, and the front desk did not warn them when they checked into the hotel. They did, however, see workers in white suits walking through the halls. When John asked one suited worker what was happening, the worker failed to say anything about the outbreak, instead stating “We’re the Ghostbusters.” John and Martin McCurdy both became infected with Norovirus and violently ill at the beginning of their stay at the Flamingo.

“We have been contacted by numerous people whose vacations were ruined because they became ill and were stuck in their hotel rooms or even worse, in the hospital, with a Norovirus infection,” said William Marler, attorney for the plaintiffs. “Two-thirds of the people who became ill were hotel workers. That suggests to me that the Flamingo did not have a policy for keeping ill workers at home.”


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