The Marriott hotel chain is facing a fourth lawsuit stemming from a fatal Legionnaire's disease outbreak at a Loop hotel this summer.
Naperville resident James Lastres caught Legionnaire's disease from bacteria in the fountain during a four-day stay at the JW Marriott Chicago Hotel, at 151 W. Adams St., the lawsuit claims.
Ten of the roughly 8,500 people who stayed at the hotel between July and August contracted the disease, and three of them died, the Chicago Department of Public Health said at the time.
Authorities later identified the main fountain in the hotel lobby as the source of the disease, the department said. Testing also found the bacteria in samples taken from in the men's and women's locker rooms, and in the spa swimming pool and whirlpool.
Lastres' personal injury lawsuit claims Marriott International and The Prime Group, which managed the property, are liable for his illness. The suit seeks an unspecified amount in damages.
The families of an Irish man and a Florida man who both died after contracting the disease have also filed lawsuits against the hotel, as has another man who was sickened.
A spokesperson for the hotel could not be reached Tuesday evening.
--Contact: Steven J. Seidman, (312) 781-1977.
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