NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of laborers, police officers and firefighters suing New York City over their exposure to toxic World Trade Center dust have until Monday to decide whether to join a legal settlement.
The settlement could ultimately pay them as much as $815 million. Under the terms of the deal, at least 95 percent of the plaintiffs must opt to participate for the settlement to become effective.
More than 10,000 people have sued the city and a long list of companies that handled the massive cleanup of lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks.
Many claim to be suffering from illnesses caused by inhaling the pulverized remnants of the twin towers.
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