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15 Nov 2002

Source: Washington Post, August 9, 2002.

Lawsuit Over Anthrax Death Settled

A federal civil lawsuit filed on behalf of the relatives of a District postal worker who died of anthrax in October has been settled.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Thomas L. Morris Jr. (case 15), 55, alleged that Kaiser Permanente Marlow Heights Medical Center did not take seriously Morris's complaint that he suffered from anthrax-like symptoms.

Morris, of Suitland, died three days after he sought treatment there. Morris was a mail handler at the Brentwood Road post office in Northeast Washington, which handled an anthrax-laced letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.).

During a hearing in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on July 23, attorneys for the Morris family and Kaiser Permanente said they had reached a settlement, U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte said.

Jimmy Bell, an attorney for the Morris family, said yesterday that he could not comment on the terms of the settlement. An attorney for Kaiser Permanente did not return a phone call.

Last month, attorneys for Morris's family amended the lawsuit to allege that Morris, who was African American, faced racial bias when he was sent home from the hospital without antibiotics.