California Woman's Lawsuit After Painful Ritz-Carlton Dubai Vacation Gets Dismissed

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The Ritz-Carlton Dubai trip injured California woman
A federal judge in Orange County has dismissed a personal injury lawsuit filed by a California woman who claims she was negligently and severely injured while on an August 2011 vacation with her daughter at The Ritz-Carlton resort in Dubai.

U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter ruled this month that Connie A. Black's attempts to hold accountable corporate entities tied to Ritz-Carlton owner Marriot International Corp. were legally weak.

Carter's decision allows Black to re-file a complaint against RC Bermuda in a locale with proper jurisdiction, but dismisses with prejudice the case against RC Delaware.

Black had asserted that Carter's Santa Ana-based chambers inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse had jurisdiction over the entities because, in part, Ritz-Carlton's Maryland-based website is used by Californians and the hotelier advertises to this state's residents.

The judge agreed with hotel company lawyers that clear case law favored their stance that the complaint should be dismissed on the notion that subsidiaries of the same parent company can't be held mutually liable for the other subsidiary's conduct.

"The proper analogy here would be a single Holiday Inn franchise in Miami Beach and a single Holiday Inn franchise in Toronto being sued as the interchangeable agents of one another, without the governing Holiday Inn franchisor involved at all," Carter wrote in his 19-page ruling. "The court cannot find that jurisdictional defects may be cured by collapsing two independent subsidiaries into one on a tenuous and overbroad ostensible [legal] theory."

In her complaint, Black claimed that a hotel employee in Dubai gave her negligent information that lead her to fall several feet from marble steps as she walked to have breakfast. The fall resulted in painful injures that had to be treated in an emergency room and a ruined vacation, according to the lawsuit.

Hotel officials gave her free rooms for two nights and paid for an upgraded, business-class flight from Dubai to Los Angeles International Airport, but asked in return for Black to sign a liability release form. She refused, eventually telling Carter her injuries required several, costly orthopedic surgeries.

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whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Her lawyer has some "splainin'" to do.  Whoops. 

Kevin J Cruz
Kevin J Cruz

She flew halfway around the world to vacation with some Arab muslims and either did or didn't have travelers insurance... none the less she wasn't able to watch her step and stepped off a ledge which resulted in an injury... then she didn't bother to sue the company... just the local franchise owner... as if you can sue for carelessly walking off a ledge on the Saudi Penninsula... Darwin Award right there.

Paul David
Paul David

Read the article and there is nothing about camels....how about the next article concerning black people they have a pic of king kong or the next Mexican article maybe a can of dancing beans can be pictured? The point you did not understand is that this periodical flips its lid anytime there is slight racism aimed at blacks/mexicans.....this pic seemed pretty hypocritical

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

as I commented on OC Weekly website, the surgery she needs in a brain-implant.

lonhall
lonhall

sounds like she needed brain-implant surgery before any orthopedic surgeries.

Von Henchy
Von Henchy

Paul - there's nothing about Camel Jockeys - it's a short article - read it.

Von Henchy
Von Henchy

looks like the hotel comped her well for her being an idiot and falling..people fall all the time...she thought she'd take them for a ride...good job judge.

Paul David
Paul David

Prob calling them C@mel Jockeys. Funny since this publication makes "mountains out of mole hills" for anything slightly racist.

George Amicay
George Amicay

So what does Joe Camel have to do with this story?!

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