MADISON — A Wisconsin
appeals court has reduced compensation for a Minnesota man
who got into a legal battle over bedbugs.
According to court
documents, Steven Stack of Lake City rented a
bedbug-infested room in La Crosse from Donald Lecheler.
Lecheler planned to solve the problem by moving the
kitchen oven around the house, hoping to increase the
temperature and kill the bedbugs. Stack said that would
create a fire hazard and moved out.
Stack filed a lawsuit in
2018 alleging Lecheler didn't return his security deposit,
he had to replace his mattress and clothes and he suffered
emotional distress. A judge awarded him $2,000.
The 4th District Court of
Appeals reduced Stack's award Thursday to $1,000, saying
Stack failed to show he suffered extreme emotional stress.