Negligent Security Seminar | March 2015

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Confidential settlement – hotel guest raped in room (Orlando)

A woman attending a convention at a major resort hotel was raped inside her room while she slept.  The woman and her roommate, another co-worker, had returned from a convention dinner event where there was a lot of drinking and gone to bed. They believed their door was closed.  Another guest attending the same convention and staying in the hotel was intoxicated and was walking along the hallway where they were staying.  He was seen pushing on doors.  When he pushed on the door where these two women were staying, the door opened.  He entered, got into bed with our client, and had sex with her.  When he was discovered he left.  Security was called and the drunken guest was apprehended (and ultimately convicted of sexual battery and imprisoned).  John Leighton retained investigators and forensic engineers to evaluate the safety and security of the resort.  Testing of the hotel room door revealed that the self latching mechanism that automatically closes hotel room doors was not operating correctly.  The door would close so it appeared latched but it would not fully latch.  Mr. Leighton obtained a confidential settlement on behalf of the victim of this terrible crime.


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