The operator of a rental property failed to shake claims that bacteria in an improperly maintained hot tub killed a guest and sickened two others.

The survivors and the estate of Douglas Morris may proceed with wrongful death and punitive damages claims against John Booth, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York said (Hopkins v. Booth, 2017 BL 415896, W.D.N.Y., 16-CV-1020, 11/20/17).

The plaintiffs allege that the three renters contracted Legionnaires’ disease while staying...