NY court approves Sept. 11 settlement agreement

A new settlement agreement (.pdf file) was reached last week for workers who became ill after responding to the Sept. 11 attacks in New York City.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York -- which covers Manhattan -- approved the $716 million settlement agreement between the plaintiffs and the settling defendants, among which is the city of New York.

Under the agreement, workers who are ill or fear they will become ill from their work at the World Trade Center site could receive -- if they qualify -- a portion of the settlement amount based on the severity of their illness.

The settlement becomes final when it is approved by 95 percent of eligible plaintiffs.

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