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Lawyer Sues Over ‘Biblical-Type Explosion of Roaches’

Posted Oct 10, 2007 9:59 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A lawyer and his wife have filed a lawsuit against the management of a historic New York condo building because of what he calls “a biblical-type explosion of roaches.”

The couple, Alan Arkin (not the actor) and Suzanne Bagert, say in their suit that managers of the historic building known as the Ansonia have responded to their complaints with “doublespeak and half-truths,” the New York Times reports.

They have stored evidence collected in just three days—about 50 dead roaches—in a jar and are keeping a log of roach sightings.

In an interview with the times, Bagert said her husband found a cockroach in his sock and she found one in the coffeemaker. She said she sleeps with the light on ever since she found a roach crawling on her while in bed. They no longer use the kitchen.

The couple is renting the condo from a friend. Management company representatives say they are doing all they can to battle the problem.

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