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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Federal judge approved settlement with 9/11 cleanup workers
Cynthia Miley at 12:00 AM ET

On June 23, 2010, Judge Alvin Hellerstein in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a settlement agreement [PDF] between New York City and 10,000 rescue and cleanup workers who became sick or injured from responding to the 9/11 attacks. Judge Hellerstein approved the deal, which could distribute between $625 million and $712.5 million, after a hearing to determine its acceptability, and urged the plaintiffs to agree to it as well. The settlement called for a claims administrator to determine the amount received by each worker based on the severity of the illness and how strongly the health condition can be linked to the cleanup. The workers agreed to the settlement, with 95.1 percent of the 10,043 eligible plaintiffs opting in, barely reaching the 95 percent threshold Judge Hellerstein had required before considering the settlement accepted.

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