Vermont couple settles state bed bug lawsuit for $450k

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RUTLAND (AP) - A Rutland couple whose home was made uninhabitable after it was sprayed for bed bugs with a banned pesticide has reached a $450,000 settlement with the Vermont agency that hired the exterminator.

Neil and Patricia Whitney agreed last week to end their federal lawsuit against the state Department for Children and Families, the state Agency of Human Services and a number others.

The Whitneys' attorney, Karl Anderson tells the Rutland Herald the settlement will allow his clients "to start their life over with a little cushion."

The Whitneys maintain their home became unlivable after it was sprayed with a banned pesticide to kill bed bugs that was brought into their home by a ward of the state.

Assistant Attorney General Eve Jacobs-Carnahan says the state is admitting no wrongdoing.


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