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Nurse Close to Settling Suit Over NJ-Enforced Ebola Quarantine

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By    |   Monday, 05 Jun 2017 11:38 AM

A nurse suing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for quarantining her during an Ebola scare in 2014 is nearing a settlement.

Kaci Hickox claims Christie and health officials illegally and unconstitutionally held her against her will after she returned from West Africa where she treated patients with the Ebola virus.

The federal civil rights lawsuit also accused Christie of making false statements about Hickox’s health and implied she had symptoms of Ebola.

Last week, Hickox’s attorney Edward Barocas filed a notice that his client has reached a settlement "in principle," The Bangor Daily News reports.

While no amount, was mentioned, Hickox had requested a minimum of $250,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, plus legal fees.

Tests on Hickox, 34, who was working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis, came out negative 48 hours after her quarantine, after which she was released.

Lawyers for the Garden State insisted that health workers acted with the public's safety in mind when they had her quarantined.

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A nurse suing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for quarantining her during an Ebola scare in 2014 is nearing a settlement. Kaci Hickox claims Christie and health officials illegally and unconstitutionally held her against her will after she returned from West Africa where she...
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