Ground Zero Workers Get a Bigger Settlement

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Photo: Detective Greg Semendinger/NYC Police Aviation Unit via ABC News

A new settlement will give ground zero rescue and cleanup workers who experienced health problems an estimated $712 million, up from the $657 million deal that was rejected by federal judge Alvin Hellerstein three months ago. Lawyers for the approximately 10,000 firefighters, police officers, and other workers and volunteers agreed to reduce their fees to one-quarter of the total payout rather than the one-third that had been outlined, per the judge’s request. After having claimed the previous amount was too small, this new agreement was enthusiastically received by Hellerstein, as he assessed, "It’s not perfect, but it’s very, very good."

New Ground Zero Deal Gives Plaintiffs $712.5 Million [NYT]