Warwick Hotel sues security company over break-in

Andrea Dearden Dec. 6, 2010, 4:53am

The owner of a New Orleans hotel blames a security company for failing to keep someone from breaking in.

The Warwick Corporation filed the lawsuit against Blackhawk Protection Service LLC Nov. 30 in Orleans Parish District Court. Blackhawk's insurance providers are also named as defendants in this case.

Warwick says it hired Blackhawk Protection in March 2007 to provide security for the Warwick Hotel on Gravier. In December 2009 Warwick says staff was contacted by the New Orleans Police Department and told of a break-in and burglary at the hotel.

The thieves allegedly broke into the hotel and stole copper piping, televisions and furniture, among other things.

Warwick is suing Blackhawk and its insurance carriers for negligence and faulty performance. The company is asking for an unspecified amount of money to cover the cost of the stolen items, damages and attorney fees.

Attorneys Jerald L. Album and Michael T. Wawrzycki, of Metairie, are representing Warwick. They ask for a jury trial.

Orleans Parish District Court case no. 2010-11931

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