In June 2017, a guest who had stayed at the Guest House of Elvis Presley Enterprises’ (EPE) Graceland estate in Memphis, TN had passed away. Three months later, the widow and family members sued EPE, claiming that the victim had contracted Legionnaires’ disease from the estate’s hot tub and swimming pool. Now 7 months after that initial death, it is being reported that EPE is filing a separate lawsuit against two particular pool companies involved with the upkeep and maintenance of the hot tub and swimming pool.
Apparently officials with EPE are claiming in their own lawsuit that these two pool companies are at fault for the presence of the legionella bacteria and through either their equipment not functioning or not properly looking after these water features, should be held responsible. As such, they are hoping the companies will be held liable for any damages the victim’s family may win. The pool companies involved have already responded by asking for the lawsuit to be thrown out and furthermore, claim EPE and the Graceland estate didn’t maintain the sprinkler system properly which could have been the source of the legionella bacteria which may have entered the pool and/or hot tub.
There will obviously be much more discussion, debate, and litigation on this matter over the months and potentially years to come however this will certainly be a case that will be of interest to the broader public, both nationally and maybe even internationally.
Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.