WDAY.com

WDAZ: Your Home Team

Published December 01, 2009, 06:04 AM

Minnesota Mother Sues Over Deceased Stamp

A Duluth woman is suing the federal government after a letter she sent to her son in Iraq was returned with a "deceased" stamp, even though the soldier is very much alive.

A Duluth woman is suing the federal government after a letter she sent to her son in Iraq was returned with a "deceased" stamp, even though the soldier is very much alive.

Joan Najbar filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis claiming that she suffered emotional distress and a loss of income from the incident.

Najbar sent the letter to her son, Sam Eininger, in September of 2006. Several weeks later the letter was returned to her by the postal service with a red "deceased" stamp. Najbar contacted the Red Cross and learned her son had not been killed.

Najbar filed a claim for injuries against the U.S. Postal Service in July 2008. That claim was denied. A letter from the postal service says its investigation found no negligence.

A call to Najbar's attorney, Jeff Eckland in Minneapolis, was not immediately returned.

Tags: