Two former guests are suing the Los Angeles hotel where the body of missing Canadian tourist Elisa Lam was found dead in a rooftop water tank.
The class-action lawsuit was filed in a L.A. Superior Court by Steven and Gloria Cott on Tuesday, according to CNN on Friday.
The Cotts paid $150 for a two-night stay on Feb. 12, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. At the time, they were reportedly told by staff the water was safe to drink.
The couple alleges that the hotel was obligated to provide safe water but instead gave them "water that had been contaminated by human remains and was not fit for human ingestion or to use to wash," according to the lawsuit.
Public health officials tested the water and found there were no harmful bacteria, likely due to chlorine in the city's water system.
Lam, 21, of Vancouver, was found dead on Feb. 19 by a Cecil Hotel worker checking on water pressure complaints.
Lam was last seen alive in the Cecil Hotel’s lobby three weeks earlier. The L.A. Police Department released a troubling video of the University of British Columbia student behaving oddly in the hotel’s elevator.
An autopsy conducted on Feb. 21 failed to determine the exact cause of death or if foul play was involved. Toxicology results are expected in a few weeks.
Jan. 26, 2013 - Arrival In L.A.
21-year-old <a href="http://www.lapdonline.org/newsroom/news_view/52943">Elisa Lam</a> of Vancouver, B.C. arrived in L.A. on Jan. 26. The University of British Columbia student was travelling by herself.
Jan. 28, 2013 - Hotel Check-In
Lam checked into the Cecil Hotel in <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/06/elisa-lam-missing-vancouver-la-disappearance_n_2632632.html">downtown Los Angeles</a> on Jan. 28. She was set to check out on Feb. 1, reported KTLA.
Jan. 31, 2013 - Last Seen Alive
Lam was last seen alive in the lobby of the Cecil Hotel on Jan. 31. She had been in contact with her family daily. Her <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/06/elisa-lam-missing-vancouver-la-disappearance_n_2632632.html">disappearance was called "suspicious"</a> by police.
Feb. 8, 2013 - Friend Calls Lam "Caring"
Friends called Lam a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/08/elisa-lam-vancouver-student-missing-los-angeles_n_2647593.html">caring and conscientious woman</a>. She had been travelling alone in California. Police said her reason for travelling in the state was "unclear."
Feb. 14, 2013 - Troubling Video Released
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/14/elisa-lam-missing-video-la-vancouver_n_2688168.html">LAPD released</a> a troubling video captured from the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Zq4LmWiDiC0">Cecil Hotel's elevator surveillance</a> camera of Lam behaving strangely.
Feb. 19, 2013 - Body Found
On Feb. 19, Lam's body was discovered by a worker in one of the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/19/elisa-lam-dead-missing-vancouver-body-found-la_n_2719564.html">Cecil Hotel</a>'s four water tanks on the building's roof. They were checking a complaint about low water pressure.
Feb. 20, 2013 - Guests Leave Hotel After Lam Found
A man, left, leaves the Cecil Hotel with belongings as Michael and Sabina Baugh, both 27, of Plymouth, England, wait for transportation as they leave the hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Feb. 20. Early Tuesday, police discovered the body of a Canadian woman at the bottom of the historic hotel's water tank, weeks after she was reported missing. The Baughs, on a 14-day tour package, had been there eight days and had showered in and drank the water. The couple's tour operator was less than cooperative in finding them other accommodations.
Feb. 21, 2013 - Autopsy Complete
An autopsy on the body was completed on Feb. 21, but the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/21/elisa-lam-autopsy-missing-la-die_n_2736358.html">cause of death</a> has been "deferred pending additional tests," said Ed Winter, L.A. Country assistant chief coroner.
Feb. 26, 2013 - Class-Action Lawsuit Filed
Two former guests file a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/01/elisa-lam-case-cecil-hotel-lawsuit_n_2793453.html?1362186011">class-action lawsuit</a> against the Cecil Hotel after Elisa Lam's body was found in a water tank.
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