Pa. man s0ues motel, pest company, says insecticide gave him leukemia He also blames spray for automobile accident

October 11, 1995|By KATE SHATZKIN | KATE SHATZKIN,SUN STAFF

A Pennsylvania man has filed suit against a Frederick motel and a Baltimore pest-control company, alleging an insecticide sprayed in his motel room three years ago caused him to have a car accident and to contract leukemia.

In the suit, Gregory Paglianite and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Easton, Pa., also name as defendants two companies that distribute diazinon, the chemical that allegedly was sprayed in the Knights Inn.

Mr. Paglianite stayed there the night of Oct. 7, 1992, after attending a police conference, said Baltimore attorney Joanne L. Suder, who filed the suit.

According to the suit filed in Baltimore Circuit Court, Mr. Paglianite claims a clerk refused to give him another room when he complained about the insecticide.

The next day, he claims, he suffered a seizure as a result of exposure to the chemical while driving back to Pennsylvania and crashed into a patch of trees.

Ms. Suder said her client has since developed a form of leukemia that she believes was caused by the spraying.

Jay Dunn, Baltimore district manager for J. C. Ehrlic Co. Inc., which acquired the pest-control company that apparently did the spraying, said he had not seen the suit and could not comment.

Other companies named as defendants are Ciba-Geigy Corp., of Ardsley, N.Y., Prentiss Drug & Chemical Co. Inc., of Floral Park, N.Y., and Hospitality Franchise Systems Inc. of Parsippany, N.J., which franchises Knights Inns. Company representatives also said they had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment.

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