9/11 Health Victims Will Get More Money

Judge likes new $712M settlement that cuts lawyer fees
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 10, 2010 1:43 PM CDT
In this Oct. 11, 2001 file photo, firefighters make their way over the ruins of the World Trade Center.   (AP Photo/Stan Honda, Pool, File)

(Newser) – The judge overseeing a lawsuit by thousands of ground zero workers exposed to World Trade Center dust has called a proposed new settlement that gives them more money "a very good deal." US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein signed an order giving preliminary approval to the settlement, clearing the way for a public hearing later this month. For it to be final, 95% of the plaintiffs must sign off.

In March, Hellerstein rejected an initial settlement between the city and workers. He called the $575 million to $657 million deal too stingy for the most seriously ill responders and too rich for lawyers. The new deal raises the amount of the settlement to $712 million and reduces the fees lawyers would collect from one-third to one-fourth of the settlement.

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