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Appeals court in Va. revives suit against Marriott

Wednesday - 5/1/2013, 5:09pm  ET

LARRY O'DELL
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit accusing Marriott International of failing to adequately protect guests from a 2008 terrorist attack that killed more than 50 people at a Pakistan hotel.

The family of victim Albert DiFederico of Chantilly, Va., filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Maryland, where Marriott is based. U.S. District Judge Roger Titus dismissed the lawsuit last year. He ruled that it should have been filed in Pakistan.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond unanimously disagreed Wednesday. The court said it would be "a perversion of justice" to force a widow and her children to subject themselves to the same dangerous environment that led to the death of a family member.


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