World Trade Center Settlement Gets Backing Needed to Take Effect
– New York Law Journal
(November 22, 2010) Enough plaintiffs have accepted a massive settlement of claims alleging respiratory and other health problems from the post-9/11 response and cleanup at the World Trade Center site to seal the deal. Read more…
10,563 Ground Zero 9/11 Workers Agree On $625 Million Settlement
– Medical News Today
(November 21, 2010) 10,563 ground zero workers who inhaled toxic dust and risked health consequences have agreed on a $625 settlement and ceased suing - the amount could go as high as $815 million.
9/11 Health Deal Gets OK
– The Wall Street Journal
(November 20, 2010) More than 95% of Ground Zero workers agreed to accept a settlement of long-running litigation over respiratory diseases and other injuries suffered in recovery operations following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.
Deal settles most lawsuits over WTC toxic dust
– The Associated Press (AP)
(November 19, 2010) A deal reached by New York City and workers exposed to toxic dust that blanketed ground zero after Sept. 11 will resolve an overwhelming majority of the lawsuits over the city's failure to provide protective equipment to the responders. Read more…
Ground Zero workers exposed to toxic dust take pay deal
(November 19, 2010) Thousands of workers exposed to toxic dust after the 2001 terror attacks in New York have accepted a legal settlement and ceased litigation. Read more…
Lawyers: Sickened 9/11 Workers Reach Settlement Deal With City
(November 19, 2010) By Friday, more than 10,000 people who became ill from working conditions at the World Trade Center site following the September 11th terrorist attacks had accepted a settlement deal with the city. Read more…
PORT AUTHORITY SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT REACHED
We are thrilled to announce that we have entered a settlement agreement with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, owner of the World Trade Center site. This settlement is in addition to the Settlement Process Agreement (“SPA”) with the City of New York and its contractors. Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, which is still subject to the approval of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners and the Governor’s review, the Port Authority has agreed to pay $47.5 million to settle claims of those plaintiffs who sued the Port Authority for injuries they sustained during the rescue, recovery and debris removal operations following the terrorist attacks of 9/11. This compensation is only for those plaintiffs that named the Port Authority in their complaints and would be in addition to the compensation these plaintiffs are eligible to receive under the agreement their counsel reached with the City and its contractors, worth up to $712.5 million.
While the Port Authority is not a party to the prior settlement that was reached between the City and its contractors, the Port Authority’s settlement money will be allocated in accordance with the same objective diagnostic criteria and allocation process contained in that agreement. District Court Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein, who oversees these cases, has already declared that allocation process “fair and reasonable”. As with the City’s settlement, the plaintiffs will be grouped into four tiers by the type and severity levels of their injuries. Tiers 1, 2 and 3 will receive fixed payments as follows: $2000 for plaintiffs in Tier 1; $2500 to plaintiffs in Tier 2; and $3,000 for plaintiffs in Tier 3. Plaintiffs in Tier 4 could receive tens of thousands of dollars in additional compensation.
We are elated by the finalization of this agreement with the Port Authority, which followed extensive negotiations over many weeks. Other settlement negotiations with remaining defendants have been ongoing as well, and we are hopeful that the Port Authority settlement will encourage those defendants to take this opportunity to resolve plaintiffs’ claims against them. In comments during court conferences and in recent orders, Judge Hellerstein has echoed a similar hope about further settlements with remaining defendants.
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