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Lieberman Settles Estate Lawsuit

February 2, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A woman who sued Sen. Joseph Lieberman in a personal injury and eviction dispute has settled for an undisclosed amount of money.

Hotel clerk Monica Beach brought the lawsuit against the Connecticut senator and Harold F. Bernstein _ co-executors of a $48 million estate of Lieberman’s uncle _ when they tried to evict her in 1997 from a building belonging to the estate.

Beach, 58, blamed a broken hand rail on a staircase leading from her second-floor apartment for a fall in 1996. She stopped paying rent after the accident, saying back and neck injuries prevented her from working.

About a year later, a court approved a request from the estate to evict her. Pending the lawsuit’s outcome, Beach stayed in the building, where she continued to live as of Friday.

The case, scheduled to go to trial next week, was settled Thursday.

Beach’s lawyer, Stewart Casper, said the amount of the settlement is confidential. He said Beach did not blame Lieberman for the earlier eviction proceedings.

``I think that things were done without his knowledge,″ Casper said.

Lieberman could not be reached for comment Friday. A spokesman said he was attending a conference in Germany.

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