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Woman Sues Home-Repair King Vila

November 19, 1998

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ A woman who claims Bob Vila kicked and punched the back of her airplane seat last November has sued the home-repair king for nearly $127,000.

Carol Berger accuses the ``Home Again″ host of injuring her back and causing her lasting psychological trauma on a Nov. 16 flight from Denver to Eugene. Her lawsuit seeks damages for pain, suffering and mental anguish, medical care and lost earnings.

Vila didn’t immediately return a call Thursday.

Berger had the first-class seat in front of Vila on the United Airlines flight. When she reclined her seat, the Circuit Court lawsuit says, Vila ``intentionally or negligently kicked and/or punched the back of (Berger’s) seat,″ and that he continued to kick or punch even after she complained to flight attendants.

The lawsuit also accuses the airline of negligence for failing to do anything about it. United wouldn’t comment.

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