Anthrax Practical Joke
Confidential settlement for client who was the subject of a practical joke involving exposure to Anthrax. A manager at the Wal-Mart store where she worked told her that she had been exposed to Anthrax and needed to be tested. That turned out to be a practical joke, but client suffered from anxiety and depression as a result.
This incident occurred shortly after the national Anthrax scare in 2001. Due to extensive press coverage of the case, the parties agreed to keep the terms and amount of the settlement confidential.
The case was handled by Brian W. Smith of the firm’s West Palm Beach office.