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Successful 9/11 First Responders Settlement Reached


This is a settlement for the Environment Law lawsuit.

New York, NY: Attorneys representing the plaintiffs who were injured while working in the rescue, recovery and debris removal activities at the site of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and subsequent collapse of the twin towers have confirmed today that they have surpassed the requisite ninety-five percent (95%) opt-in threshold required in their agreement with the City of New York and its Contractors. As a result, the Settlement is officially effectuated, as Settlement Allocated Claims Neutral Matthew Garrettson, Esq., announced earlier today.

As reported by the Allocation Claims Neutral today, settlement opt-in numbers are as follows. A total of 10,043 eligible plaintiffs have submitted opt-in documents. This figure does not account for deficiencies in some of the plaintiffs' documents that will have to be corrected. Broken down by injury "Tier" level, of the 10,043 eligible plaintiffs who have submitted documents, opt-in numbers indicate that:

a.Tier 1: 2,383 out of 2,726 eligible Tier 1 plaintiffs (87.4%);

b.Tier 2: 1,567 out of 1,619 eligible Tier 2 plaintiffs (96.8%);

c.Tier 3: 785 out of 807 eligible Tier 3 plaintiffs (97.3%);

d.Tier 4: 5,308 out of 5,411 eligible Tier 4 plaintiffs (98.1%);

e.All Tiers: 10,043 out of 10,563 all eligible plaintiffs (95.1%).

The original Settlement Process Agreement ('SPA') with the City is worth $625-$712.5 million, depending on the percentage of overall plaintiffs opting in to the settlement. That settlement has been made sweeter by a group of additional settlements negotiated with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey ($47.5 million), two of the three contractors responsible for work performed at the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island with WTC debris ($24.3 million), the insurers for the Marine defendants responsible for the barges transporting WTC debris ($28 million), respirator manufacturer Survivair ($4.15 million) and Tishman ($1.4 million).

Asked whether latecomers to the settlement might still choose to submit their signed settlement documents and obtain settlement funds despite the expiration of the opt-in deadline at midnight on November 16, attorneys representing the plaintiffs could not say with certainty whether the Allocation Neutral and the Court would accept such late-filed papers. "We did everything humanely possible to help our clients decide whether to accept the offer in time to meet the deadline. Of course we will try to convince the Allocation Neutral and the Court to allow late comers to opt in, but there is certainly no guarantee that such late comers will be accommodated now that the deadline has passed," they said in a statement released to the press today.

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Published on Nov-19-10


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