The U.S. government and the widow of a man who was killed in the 2001 anthrax attacks have reached a settlement in the woman’s wrongful death lawsuit. She was awarded an undisclosed amount but was originally demanding $50 million in economic damages.
In 2008, an investigation by the FBI concluded that an Army scientist sent anthrax-laced letters to media outlets and U.S. senators. The widow claims her husband’s death was a result of the government’s failure to secure the disease at a military laboratory.
The man died after being exposed to anthrax in the publishing office of the National Enquirer. A total of five people were killed and seventeen fell ill after handling the anthrax-laced letters.