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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Federal judge rejected proposed settlement for World Trade Center cleanup workers
Garrett Eisenhour at 12:00 AM ET

On March 20, 2010, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected a proposed settlement which would have addressed claims filed in a class action lawsuit brought by clean-up crews working on the World Trade Center (WTC) in the months following 9/11. The agreement would have settled more than 10,000 claims for approximately $657 million if it had been accepted. In his opinion, Judge Alvin Hellerstein stated that the proposed process for determining compensation was unfair and overcomplicated. He also expressed concerns that the burden of attorney fees should not be placed upon the claimants. In June 2010, a final settlement was reached between New York City's insurer, WTC Captive Insurance Company, and more than 10,000 rescue and cleanup workers seeking aid for injuries and illness. The first of the WTC clean-up claims were originally filed in October 2006.

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