Former Environmental Protection Agency attorney Marla Brin visited doctor after doctor and underwent tests for Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia before a doctor linked her muscle pain, mental confusion and fatigue to “sick building syndrome” from possible toxins located within Waterside Mall, the former home of EPA headquarters, where Brin worked in the early 1990s.

When Brin finally received the diagnosis and sued building owner S.E.W. Investors in 1998, a D.C. Superior Court judge ruled her suit was time-barred under a three-year statute of limitations.

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