New settlement to give 9/11 responders more money

A new settlement was negotiated yesterday to provide workers who responded after the Sept. 11 attacks with more money.

In March, Judge Alvin Hellerstein rejected the original settlement between New York City and the workers because he felt the deal was too stingy for the most seriously ill responders and too rich for their lawyers.

The new deal raises the amount of the settlement to $625 million to $712 million and reduces lawyers' fees from one-third to one-fourth of the settlement.

Ninety-five percent of the plaintiffs must agree to the terms of the new settlement before it is final. Plaintiffs have until Sept. 30 to make their decisions.

AP wire reports contributed to this article.

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