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Montana vacation homes may be more dangerous than cups of McDonald’s coffee. Last February, D.C. couple Dr. Jean Bolan and John Peaslee rented out a four-bedroom home in the Big Sky state owned by Bethesda couple Stafford and Deborah Smiley. After a day of skiing, Bolan slipped and fell into the manse’s six-person hot tub, suffering severe burns. Last month, Bolan and Peaslee filed a $35 million lawsuit against the Smileys in D.C. Superior Court, alleging, in part, that the safety device that normally would have regulated the tub’s water temperature had been shoddily jury-rigged with duct tape. The Smileys deny responsibility for Bolan’s burns, which, according to Bolan’s husband, amount to more than champagne-set whining. “She was taken to one clinic, ambulanced to one hospital, medevacked to a Utah burn clinic—then she spent two and a half weeks in an ICU,” Peaslee says of his wife’s ordeal. “Pretty serious stuff.”