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Friday, October 14, 2011

Federal judge approved settlement of health claims from 9/11 cleanup
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On October 14, 2010, Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a $47.5 million settlement between the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and over 9,000 people who claim they became ill from 9/11 rescue and cleanup efforts. The Port Authority owns the World Trade Center site. The settlement classified claims into four tiers based upon the severity of illnesses, with the lowest tier limited to $2,000 and those in the highest tier receiving funds "according to their injury classification with adjustment factors." This settlement was in addition to a June 2010 settlement for between New York City and workers who filed similar claims resulting from rescue and cleanup work on 9/11. Judge Hellerstein also approved that $712.5 million settlement.

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