Settlement deadline passes for ill 9/11 responders

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Associated Press

NEW YORK — Thousands of 9/11 rescue and recovery workers who sued New York City over their exposure to toxic dust are waiting to learn whether they’ll get any money from a big settlement in the case.

A midnight deadline came and went for ground zero workers to decide whether to join the deal.
It would pay at least $625 million to people who developed illnesses after working in the ashes of the twin towers. Related settlements could raise the total compensation to $815 million.
The terms of the deal require at least 95 percent of the workers to opt in for it to become effective.
Lawyers say they were very close to hitting that target, but a federal judge issued a gag order late Monday barring them from talking about the final result.
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