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Judge rejects Sept. 11 workers settlement

A federal judge in New York rejected Friday a multimillion-dollar legal settlement for Ground Zero workers, saying that the deal did not contain enough money for the police officers, firefighters and other laborers.

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein also said he was concerned that too much of the deal would be eaten up by legal fees and that the first-responders would be pressured into signing on to the settlement before they knew how much they stood to receive.

About 10,000 first-responders say they suffered health problems after inhaling the ash and dust left by the collapse of the World Trade Center.

The settlement proposal would have given the workers $575 million to $657 million, but each person's amount was based on a complicated point system that would give some a few thousand dollars while others might qualify for $1 million or more.

It wasn't clear whether the judge's actions would kill the settlement.

-- Associated Press

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