Taos Spa wrongful death case dismissed


A wrongful death lawsuit against Taos Spa and Tennis club was dismissed Nov. 6 in Eighth Judicial District Court.

Plaintiff Monica Ressel, on behalf of the estate of Julia Z. Castillo, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the club in 2016 following the death of Castillo in the spa’s hot tub facilities. The case was set for a 2018 trial, however it has been settled by the two parties involved, according to Ressel’s attorney Keven Zangara. 

The initial complaint alleged that the facilities failed to “exercise ordinary care” with safety and the operations of their facility which resulted in Castillo’s death.

The complaint states that Castillo entered the hot tub at 10:01 a.m. on July 16, 2016 and stopped moving at 11:07 a.m. while an employee walked by twice without acknowledging her. Responding to the complaint, the defense said Castillo’s death could have been the “result of a pre-existing medical condition” and that she had a “duty to look out for her own safety.”