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Anne Arundel jury awards $800,000 to former tenant in bedbug case

An Anne Arundel County jury has awarded $800,000 to a woman who contended that she moved unknowingly into a bedbug-infested apartment in Annapolis and suffered hundreds of insect bites in an infestation that eventually led to the loss of most of her belongings.

The Circuit Court jury awarded Faika Shaaban$150,000 in compensatory damages and $650,000 in punitive damages, said her attorney Daniel W. Whitney, whose Towson law practice includes a specialty in bedbug cases. Whitney said the award was larger than what he sought in the lawsuit filed last year and that jurors deliberated for less than an hour on Tuesday.

The landlord did not take part in the case, which meant the only decisions for jurors were how much to award, Whitney said. Cornelius Barrett of Arnold, named as the general partner of the West Street Partnership that owned the apartment, could not be reached for comment.

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