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A brown recluse. RDM successfully defended a premises liability claim involving a spider bite at a hotel.

RDM attorneys John Kellogg and Justin Ijei represented a motel sued by a guest for an alleged brown recluse spider bite in a motel room. After a four day trial, a Jackson County jury returned a unanimous defense verdict.

The case may have been one of the first Missouri premises liability cases involving an alleged venomous spider bite. “It was important to show the jury that our client acted appropriately and used adequate pest control measures in treating its property,” Ijei said. “We’re very pleased that the jury found no liability and rendered a verdict in our client’s favor.”

Premises liability.

Despite your best efforts to eliminate the potential for injury, accidents can happen. Call on RDM’s attorneys to help you when you face a premises liability claim.

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RDM’s Kevin Deenihan and Matt Jensen discuss fighting reptile theory in an article titled “Fighting Reptile Theory in Court: Making Plaintiffs’ Attorneys Feel Survival Danger” in the February 2016 issue of the Defense Research Institute‘s Trials and Tribulations. “Awareness of this vulnerability and familiarity with typical Reptile Theory tactics are keys to using this weakness against Plaintiffs’ counsel,” write Deenihan and Jensen. Read the entire article below.

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