March 20, 2010
A proposed 657-million-dollar health settlement for some 10,000 people who worked at Ground Zero after the September 11 attacks was too low and must be renegotiated, a judge ruled Friday.
“In my judgment, this settlement is not enough,” federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein said in New York after hearing two hours of testimony from plaintiffs in the huge case.
“There are some questions that have to be addressed,” he added, calling for “additional negotiations to come up with a fair deal.”
Last week, a preliminary deal was announced in which a government-funded insurance company would compensate more than 10,000 people claiming health problems from their work in the toxic debris of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the 2001 attacks.