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Hard Rock Collapse Lawsuits Filed

Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of workers injured and those in surrounding businesses who are unable to work

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Oct 22, 2019

A little over a week after the Hard Rock Hotel collapse, lawyers have begun to file lawsuits against the developer and the contractor. The case, which is seeking class-action status, is being filed on behalf of local businesses and workers who have lost income since the collapse.

The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is Kerri Brunson, a part-time employee at the Saenger Theatre. The theatre, which is right across the street from the hotel has been closed since the collapse. Since that fateful day, businesses within 15 blocks of the hotel have been forced to close. Brunson’s suit joins a series of other complaints that have been filed, mostly from workers who were injured when the building collapsed. Below is a video of an interview with Gerod Stevens where he discusses the impact that the building collapse had on surrounding businesses, the clip begins at the 29:00 minute mark.

It is expected that other employees and business owners will sign onto Brunson’s lawsuit. The lawyers are arguing that potential plaintiffs are owed money for past, present, and future inconvenience and loss of income, as well as damage to property. The Saenger Theatre reported that the initial collapse resulted in a hole in the theatre's roof and Sunday’s implosion broke three windows. Another hotel in the area also reported their windows being broken from the shockwave of the blast.

While the lawyers are in court filing lawsuits, the company is striking back. Attorneys for five immigrant- workers who were injured during the collapse say that their clients are being targeted by ICE. The lawyers say that at least one of their clients, Delmar Ramirez, was detained by ICE 24 hours after speaking on a Spanish-speaking network about his injuries. The lawyers said that Ramirez was in need of surgery after falling three stories, but was being denied medical care. While the lawyers didn’t give an opinion on who tipped off ICE, it would not be the first time that a contractor tipped off ICE to avoid a lawsuit.

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