Woman sues ADT after burglary, assault by three men

David Yates Oct. 5, 2015, 5:17pm


Alleging her security system failed to detect a break in of her Jefferson County home, Betty Kotz has filed suit against ADT Security Systems.

The suit was filed Sept. 29 in Jefferson County District Court and also names Tyco Integrated Security as a defendant.

According to the lawsuit, Kotz has been an ADT customer for many years. The company had installed motion detectors near various doors and windows of her residence.

On May 16, 2014, Kotz was burglarized. Three men broke into her home by busting a glass patio door that should have been connected to the ADT security system, the suit alleges.

She was taken by force through several rooms in her home and forced to open a locked cabinet door. A large amount of cash and other items were taken.

“Plaintiff was assaulted by the men … and beaten by means of a gun to the head, as well as a candelabra to her body,” the suit states. “Plaintiff was taken to the hospital by ambulance where she received treatment.”

The suit accuses the defendants of negligently failing to install motion detectors in the proper position.

Kotz alleges is suing the companies under the Deceptive Trade Practices Acts.

She is suing for economic damages, medical expenses, pain, mental anguish and court costs, including attorney’s fees.

Beaumont attorney Thomas Moses represents her.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. E-197646

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