Appeals court revives lawsuit against hotel


ANN ARBOR — A man who said he was bitten by a poisonous spider will get another chance to pin responsibility on a hotel.

James Heuschneider said he was forced to have multiple surgeries on his chest and left leg after an attack by a brown recluse spider.

A Washtenaw County judge dismissed the lawsuit in favor of Comfort Inn & Suites, saying the spider was a wild animal beyond the hotel's control.

But the Michigan appeals court said it was the wrong call. The court said the spider counts as vermin, and as a result, the hotel isn't off the hook under state law.

The appeals court said a key issue will be whether the hotel's pest control practices were sufficient.

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