- Associated Press - Thursday, July 6, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Court of Appeals says a group of residents at a Des Moines public housing apartment building may proceed with their bed bug lawsuit as a class-action case.

The court on Thursday upheld the class certification sought by 55 tenants of Royal View Manor.

They’re suing Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency for failing to properly remedy a bed bug problem they say persisted between 2010 and 2015.

As many as 600 residents and former residents could be part of the class.

The lawsuit filed in October 2014 returns to Polk County District Court for trial.

A similar lawsuit filed in 2010 against two other apartment buildings in Des Moines resulted in a settlement of nearly $2.5 million.

Royal View Manor residents have hired the attorney who won that settlement.

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