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    9/11 rescue worker lawsuits frozen

    9/11 rescue worker lawsuits frozen

    By HELEN PETERSON
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    Almost 2,000 firefighters, cops and other workers who said they suffered respiratory ailments at Ground Zero will hold off suing the city for a year.

    Under an agreement that could potentially save tens of millions of dollars, lawsuits over inadequate respiratory equipment will be frozen to allow the plaintiffs, who include Emergency Medical Service, sanitation and construction workers, to apply to the federal Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund.

    The $7 billion fund was created to compensate anyone injured as a result of the 2002 terror attacks as well as the survivors of those who were killed.

    Lawyer Michael Barasch, whose firm represents about 1,000 firefighters and other rescue workers, called the deal a win-win situation.

    "It's nice to see that occasionally lawyers and judges can get together for the greater good of both the city and its workers," Barasch said.

    City lawyers said the agreement, approved by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman, will freeze 1,600 lawsuits.

    "Instead of years of costly and uncertain litigation, with risk to both those who worked at Ground Zero and the city, the fund will provide the best resolution of these claims," said Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo, the city's chief lawyer.

    Inadequate protection charge

    The suits, as well as notices to sue, accuse the city of failing to provide proper respiratory protection to those who worked at Ground Zero on Sept. 11 and in the days after the terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center.

    The agreement will permit workers to submit claims to the fund without giving up their right to sue if they are turned down by the fund or dissatisfied with the payment.

    The deadline for filing suit against the city would have been one year and 90 days after the attack, with the exception of those given permission to file late notices.

    Under the agreement, the suits will not be filed before Nov. 3, 2003, or after Dec. 22, 2003.

    Originally published on December 14, 2002


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    City, emergency workers agree to change in deadline for 9/11 lawsuits

    City, emergency workers agree to change in deadline for 9/11 lawsuits

    December 14, 2002, 4:12 AM EST


    NEW YORK (AP) _ The city and emergency workers have agreed to a change in the deadline for filing lawsuits related to the cleanup of the World Trade Center site, a published report said.

    Under the terms of the agreement, 1,600 emergency workers who claim they suffered ailments as a result of the city's failure to provide proper protective equipment will not file lawsuits before Nov. 3, 2003, or after Dec. 22, 2003.

    Previously, workers had to file their lawsuits no later than one year and three months after the attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

    In exchange, workers will be permitted to submit claims to the federal government's Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund without losing their right to sue if they are turned down by the fund or are not satisfied with its offer, the Daily News said in Saturday editions.

    "Instead of years of costly and uncertain litigation, with risk to both those who worked at Ground Zero and the city, the fund will provide the best resolution of these claims," Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo, the city's chief lawyer, was cited by the Daily News as saying.

    The agreement was approved by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman, the paper said.


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