October 31, 2011

MIAMI – The widow of a Florida tabloid photo editor who was the first of five people to die in 2001 anthrax attacks in the United States has reached a settlement with the U.S. government in her wrongful death damages lawsuit against it, according to a court filing.

“The parties have reached a tentative settlement subject to required approval by officials in the Department of Justice,” said the October 27 document filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in West Palm Beach.

It gave no details of the terms of the settlement.

In her lawsuit originally filed in 2003, Maureen Stevens had argued that her husband, Robert Stevens, died after being exposed to anthrax as a result of alleged negligence on the part of the U.S. government, which she said had failed to safely secure the anthrax bacillus at a military laboratory.

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