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Deal Could Pay $657M To Sickened WTC Responders
« on: March 11, 2010, 09:43:14 pm »
Deal Could Pay $657M To Sickened WTC Responders
Deal Still Needs To Be Approved By Judge And Workers

DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press Writer

Posted: 5:10 pm PST March 11,2010Updated: 7:29 pm PST March 11,2010
NEW YORK -- Lawyers representing New York City, construction companies and 10,000 ground zero workers have agreed to a settlement that could pay $657.5 million to responders sickened by dust from the destroyed World Trade Center.

The settlement was announced Thursday by the WTC Captive Insurance Co., established to indemnify the city and contractors against potential legal action as they cleaned up the site after Sept. 11.

The deal must be approved by a judge and the workers. It would make the city and companies represented by the insurer liable for at least $575 million, with more money available to the sick if certain conditions are met.

Carpenter James Nolan says he recovered bodies and built ramps at the site and developed a lung problem. He says the city knew the air was dirty so he sued six years ago and now he's happy the case is over.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

NEW YORK (AP) -- After years of fighting in court, lawyers representing the city, construction companies and more than 10,000 ground zero rescue and recovery workers have agreed to a settlement that could pay up to $657.5 million to responders sickened by dust from the destroyed World Trade Center.

The settlement was announced Thursday evening by the WTC Captive Insurance Co., a special entity established to indemnify the city and its contractors against potential legal action as they moved to clean up the site after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The deal, which still must be approved by a judge and the workers themselves, would make the city and other companies represented by the insurer liable for a minimum of $575 million, with more money available to the sick if certain conditions are met.

Most if not all of the money would come out of a $1 billion grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the settlement "a fair and reasonable resolution to a complex set of circumstances."

"The resolution of the World Trade Center litigation will allow the first responders and workers to be compensated for injuries suffered following their work at Ground Zero," he said in a statement.

Marc Bern, a senior partner with the law firm Worby, Groner, Edelman & Napoli, Bern LLP, which negotiated the deal, said it was "a good settlement."

"We are gratified that these heroic men and women who performed their duties without consideration of the health implications will finally receive just compensation for their pain and suffering, lost wages, medical and other expenses, as the U.S. Congress intended when it appropriated this money," he said in a statement.

Workers who wish to participate in the settlement would need to prove they had been at the World Trade Center site or other facilities that handled debris. They also would have to turn over medical records and provide other information aimed at weeding out fraudulent or dubious claims.

For the settlement to be enforced, 95 percent of the workers would need to agree to be bound by its terms.

The agreement comes with just two months to go until the first trials are to begin in the case. Thousands of police officers, firefighters and construction workers who put in time at the 16-acre site in lower Manhattan had filed lawsuits against the city, claiming it sent them to ground zero without proper protective equipment.

Many of those workers now claim to have fallen ill. A majority complained of a respiratory problem similar to asthma, but the suits also sought damages for hundreds of other types of ailments, including cancer.

Lawyers for the city claimed it did its best to get respiratory equipment to everyone who needed it. They also had challenged some of the claims as based on the thinnest of medical evidence, noting that thousands of the people suing suffered from conditions common in the general population or from no illness at all.

Under the settlement, the task of deciding what each worker will be paid will fall to a neutral third party, to be picked by the two sides. Lawyers for the plaintiffs have previously said they favor Kenneth Feinberg, the special master who determined payouts from the federal fund set up to compensate victims of the terror attacks.

Payments will be based on a system that ranks each illness by severity and factors in potential exposure to the dust.

Some workers are likely to receive payments of only a few thousand dollars. Others could be in line to get more than $1 million, depending on their injuries.

A special insurance fund will be set up to cover workers who develop cancer in the future.

Lawyer Andrew Carboy, who represented a group of firefighters in the case, said he would urge them to accept the deal.

"The proposed settlement demonstrates that the justice system can tackle such a factually complicated and emotionally charged situation," he said. "The settlement, most importantly, will treat each worker as an individual. And their settlement will be based on the merits of their case."

Both sides in the case were scheduled to appear Friday afternoon before the federal judge handling the litigation, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein, who previously had said he favored a settlement but planned to analyze it carefully to make sure it was fair.

The settlement would mean a postponement or cancellation of the trials tentatively scheduled to begin in May. Some of the cases scheduled to be heard first included that of a firefighter who died of throat cancer and another who needed a lung transplant, as well as workers with less serious ailments, including a Consolidated Edison utility company employee with limited exposure to the debris pile and no current serious illness.

The $1 billion fund created by Congress to help insure the city has been depleted somewhat by the long legal battle in the case, with the bill so far running to more than $200 million.

The Worby, Groner, Edelman & Napoli, Bern law partnership, which represents 9,000 of the plaintiffs, is expected to take as much as a third or more of the total settlement in legal fees, based on contingency agreements it signed with each client.

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And there will probably be an addendum to this settlement, if you receive funds you must not ever talk publicly about 9/11 to anyone!
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Re: Deal Could Pay $657M To Sickened WTC Responders
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2010, 11:04:16 pm »
Deal Could Pay $657(>400)M To Sickened WTC Responders
Deal Still Needs To Be Approved By Judge And Workers


Workers who wish to participate in the settlement would need to prove they had been at the World Trade Center site or other facilities that handled debris. They also would have to turn over medical records and provide other information aimed at weeding out fraudulent or dubious claims.

For the settlement to be enforced, 95 percent of the workers would need to agree to be bound by its terms.

The agreement comes with just two months to go until the first trials are to begin in the case. Thousands of police officers, firefighters and construction workers who put in time at the 16-acre site in lower Manhattan had filed lawsuits against the city, claiming it sent them to ground zero without proper protective equipment.

Many of those workers now claim to have fallen ill. A majority complained of a respiratory problem similar to asthma, but the suits also sought damages for hundreds of other types of ailments, including cancer.


Payments will be based on a system that ranks each illness by severity and factors in potential exposure to the dust.

Some workers are likely to receive payments of only a few thousand dollars. Others could be in line to get more than $1 million, depending on their injuries.

A special insurance fund will be set up to cover workers who develop cancer in the future.

Lawyer Andrew Carboy, who represented a group of firefighters in the case, said he would urge them to accept the deal.


The settlement would mean a postponement or cancellation of the trials tentatively scheduled to begin in May. Some of the cases scheduled to be heard first included that of a firefighter who died of throat cancer and another who needed a lung transplant, as well as workers with less serious ailments, including a Consolidated Edison utility company employee with limited exposure to the debris pile and no current serious illness.

The $1 billion fund created by Congress to help insure the city has been depleted somewhat by the long legal battle in the case, with the bill so far running to more than $200 million.

The Worby, Groner, Edelman & Napoli, Bern law partnership, which represents 9,000 of the plaintiffs, is expected to take as much as a third or more of the total settlement in legal fees, based on contingency agreements it signed with each client.

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And there will probably be an addendum to this settlement, if you receive funds you must not ever talk publicly about 9/11 to anyone!


How incredibly indecent, immoral and appalling. Lawyers have already stolen over half the money the victims will ever see.

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FINALLY: $650m payout over 9/11 toxic dust
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2010, 05:19:51 am »
Luke Rudkowski and others' campaigning has paid off.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/12/world-trade-centre-911-payout

New York City agrees World Trade Centre toxic dust payout
Officials agree to pay up to $660m to Ground Zero workers who say they were made ill by inhaling fumes and dust at site of 9/11 attacks

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guardian.co.uk, Friday 12 March 2010 09.23 GMT


A firefighter at the site of the World Trade Centre in New York on September 11 2001. Photograph: Graham Morrison/AP

New York City authorities have agreed to pay up to $657.5m (£437m) to rescue and recovery workers who claim that they became ill after inhaling dust at the Ground Zero site of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Lawyers representing more than 10,000 plaintiffs, who claim they were exposed to toxic contaminants after the collapse of the World Trade Centre, said the settlement must first be approved by a judge and agreed by 95% of the claimants.

The deal would make the city, and other companies represented by the insurer, liable for at least $575m. Most, if not all, of the money would come from a $1bn Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.

The New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, called the deal "a fair and reasonable resolution to a complex set of circumstances". He said: "The resolution of the World Trade Centre litigation will allow the first responders and workers to be compensated for injuries suffered following their work at Ground Zero."

The agreement comes two months before the first trial in the case. Thousands of police officers, firefighters and construction staff who worked at the 16-acre site in lower Manhattan had filed lawsuits against the city, claiming it sent them to Ground Zero without proper protective equipment.

James Nolan, a 45-year-old carpenter from Yonkers, said he helped recover bodies and build ramps for firehoses at the site and then developed lung and leg problems, for which he takes medication. He sued the city for negligence six years ago.

"We've had to fight for what we deserve," he said. "I'm glad it's coming to an end. I can feel a little comfortable if I pass away because my wife and kids will get some money."

Many of those workers say they have since fallen ill. A majority have reported a respiratory problem similar to asthma, but many have also sought damages for hundreds of other ailments, including cancer.

Payments will be based on a system that ranks each illness by severity and potential exposure to the dust. Some workers are likely to receive payments of a few thousand dollars; others could receive more than $1m. A separate insurance fund will be set up to cover workers who develop cancer.

The settlement would mean a postponement or cancellation of the trials tentatively scheduled to begin in May. Some of the cases due to be heard include that of a firefighter who died of throat cancer and another who needs a lung transplant.

The $1bn New York insurance fund, created by Congress, has been depleted in the long-running legal battle in the case, with the bill now in excess of $200m.

The law firm Worby, Groner, Edelman & Napoli, Bern, representing 9,000 of the plaintiffs, is expected to take up to a third of the total settlement in legal fees.

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Re: FINALLY: $650m payout over 9/11 toxic dust
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2010, 05:22:55 am »
about time. jeez

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Re: FINALLY: $650m payout over 9/11 toxic dust
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2010, 05:37:01 am »
Are they admitting to the facts of toxic dust then, only I notice that the article is careful to say things like, "to rescue and recovery workers who claim that they became ill after inhaling dust at the Ground Zero site of the 9/11 terror attacks."

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Re: FINALLY: $650m payout over 9/11 toxic dust
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2010, 07:28:49 am »
Punk rock icon George Tabb is also a 911 victim and has been suffering from it's effects in profound ways. He's a columnist for the punk rock magazine Maximum Rock'N'Roll and the frontman for Furious George. Alex should get him on the show, the poor guy has suffered a lot.  :-[
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As a Manhattan resident in the wake of 9-11, Tabb was exposed to all of the toxins released into the air after the collapse of the Trade Towers. Like tons of people exposed to the air, including rescue workers, volunteers and anyone else in the vicinity, Tabb is now experiencing a wide range of health conditions as a result of this exposure.

He has problems with his sinuses and severe asthma. He has ulcers and had over a foot of his large intestine removed. And now he’s been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, which is incurable.

Despite all his health concerns, Tabb has steadily played the role of the advocate, not the victim. Since 9-11, he has appeared on television, in magazines, in newspapers and anywhere else he can spread his message. His message is essentially that many New York residents who were “unaffected” by the World Trade Disaster are facing a host of illnesses that are being ignored.
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Re: FINALLY: $650m payout over 9/11 toxic dust
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2010, 09:09:58 am »
Heard it on the radio on the way into work.  I was like woohoo!

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Re: FINALLY: $650m payout over 9/11 toxic dust
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2010, 09:23:04 am »
So the Feds (FEMA) are paying out this money because...??? 

It seems by paying out this money they are admitting they had something to do with the CAUSE of 9/11.  Or are they compensating these people for the fun of it?

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Re: Deal Could Pay $657M To Sickened WTC Responders
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2010, 09:26:15 am »

How incredibly indecent, immoral and appalling. Lawyers have already stolen over half the money the victims will ever see.

It's beyond disgusting...not to mention it has taken them this long to get this in court.  A good man good people have already died!  :'(
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Re: Deal Could Pay $657M To Sickened WTC Responders
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2010, 10:44:22 am »
New York's "Ground Zero" workers reach deal on claims
  By Edith Honan    – Fri Mar 12, 1:02 am ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thousands of workers who suffered health problems after the September 11 attacks in 2001 have reached a settlement worth up to $657.5 million with an insurer representing the city of New York, city officials and lawyers said on Thursday.

Thousands of firefighters, police, contractors and others who worked at "Ground Zero" in the ruins of the World Trade Center sued the city and its contractors for claims of injuries associated with their rescue and clean-up work.

The settlement will be drawn from a federally financed insurance fund -- the WTC Captive Insurance Company -- created in 2004 with a $1 billion grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"The resolution of the World Trade Center litigation will allow the first responders and workers to be compensated for injuries suffered following their work at Ground Zero," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.

The parties will appear before U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein on Friday to request his preliminary approval of the settlement.

"This is a good settlement and we are gratified that these heroic men and women ... will finally receive just compensation for their pain and suffering, lost wages, medical and other expenses ...," said attorney Marc Bern, whose firm represents more than 9,000 of the plaintiffs.

Workers will be entitled to a payment based on the severity of his or her injuries, said Captive Insurance.

Individual recoveries will range from thousands of dollars to more than $1 million, according to a source familiar with the settlement.

The plaintiffs will have 90 days to review the deal and decide whether to participate. The agreement requires that 95 percent of the plaintiffs agree to the settlement, WTC Captive Insurance said.

"This agreement enables workers and volunteers claiming injury from the WTC site operations to obtain compensation commensurate with the nature of their injuries and the strength of their claims, while offering added protection against possible future illness," said Christine LaSala, president of Captive Insurance.
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Re: FINALLY: $650m payout over 9/11 toxic dust
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2010, 11:09:13 am »
In other words, the air was NOT safe to breathe. Who was the person that said that again? There should be an update interview with the same question posed. This could start off as lie number 1 debunked.

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Re: Deal Could Pay $657M To Sickened WTC Responders
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2010, 11:16:06 am »
So, $657.5 million divided evenly over 9000 people comes to $73,000 each.  Payment is actually less since there are at least 9,000 represented.  A lot of "up to’s” quoted in these articles.  This payout is also 9 years after the fact.  In contrast, just one man, Silverstein, collected 4.6 billion years ago from insurance claims.
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Re: FINALLY: $650m payout over 9/11 toxic dust
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2010, 11:27:26 am »
Need a total itemization of  what chemicals CAUSED their injuries, and trace them back to WHERE they came from.  How were they specificly exposed...From what section of the ground zero area...etc. 

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« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2010, 11:30:54 am »
I think Silverstein should be order to compensate any people that worked in his building too.

It really is disgusting, all they are doing is throwing them a bone.   :'(
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« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2010, 11:42:07 am »
Need a total itemization of  what chemicals CAUSED their injuries, and trace them back to WHERE they came from.  How were they specificly exposed...From what section of the ground zero area...etc.  I would suspect that a chemical anaylisis will show that the dangerous chemicals that injured people would be attributed to an outside source, not the building or airliners contents.

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« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2010, 11:48:54 am »
It's beyond disgusting...not to mention it has taken them this long to get this in court.  A good man good people have already died!  :'(

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The courts are so clogged up with drug cases that it takes a long time to get things done--most of these case are illegals.  

The lawyers also slow things down TO DRAIN THEIR CLIENTS.
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Re: Deal Could Pay $657M To Sickened WTC Responders
« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2010, 11:57:39 am »
Parallel thread here:
FINALLY: $650m payout over 9/11 toxic dust
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?&topic=163121.0

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The settlement would mean a postponement or cancellation of the trials tentatively scheduled to begin in May.
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The $1bn New York insurance fund, created by Congress, has been depleted in the long-running legal battle in the case, with the bill now in excess of $200m.

The law firm Worby, Groner, Edelman & Napoli, Bern, representing 9,000 of the plaintiffs, is expected to take up to a third of the total settlement in legal fees.
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Re: FINALLY: $650m payout over 9/11 toxic dust
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2010, 11:59:13 am »
Parallel thread here:

Deal Could Pay $657M To Sickened WTC Responders
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?&topic=163097
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Re: Deal Could Pay $657M To Sickened WTC Responders
« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2010, 12:01:56 pm »
I think Silverstein should be order to compensate any people that worked in his building too.

It really is disgusting, all they are doing is throwing them a bone.   :'(

And all they will end up with are meatless and marrowless bare toothpicks gnashed and picked clean by the wolves who are supposedly "defending" them. Hopefully they will unanimously reject this.

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Re: FINALLY: $650m payout over 9/11 toxic dust
« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2010, 12:04:23 pm »
 

Authorities hid truth surrounding September 11 in the immediate aftermath of the attack, telling dying heroes “the air is safe to breathe,” so how on earth can asking what else they lied about be hurtful to the very victims the government stabbed in the back?

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The $650 million dollar payout in the 9/11 toxic dust settlement serves as a stark reminder amidst an attempted establishment purge of any questions surrounding what happened on September 11, that the government did indeed conspire to lie about 9/11 in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

“Rescue and recovery workers who were exposed to a toxic brew of smoke and dust in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks have been awarded $650 million in a compensation deal struck in New York,” reports the London Times.

“Thousands of 9/11 heroes, including firefighters, police officers, construction experts and emergency workers, have filed lawsuits since 2003 but last night’s agreement is expected to put an end to years of legal battles.”

As 9/11 truth organizations have constantly emphasized as part of their efforts to aid 9/11 first responders, it was a government lie about 9/11 in the very days after the tragedy that set in motion an 8 and half year legal battle to obtain justice for the heroes of that fateful day.

Five days after the 9/11 attack, Christie Todd Whitman, then head of the Environmental Protection Agency, told reporters, “The good news continues to be that air samples we have taken have all been at levels that cause no concern.”

However, the EPA’s own Office of the Inspector General later revealed that this was an outright lie. In August 2003 it was revealed that the government ordered the EPA to give the public misleading information, telling New Yorkers on September 12 it was safe to breathe when reliable information on air quality was not available and Asbestos levels were known to be three times higher than national standards.

“Whitman’s deliberate and misleading statements to the press, where she reassured the public that the air was safe to breathe around lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, and that there would be no health risk presented to those returning to those areas, shocks the conscience,” Manhattan Federal Judge Deborah Batts wrote in February 2006.

Further documents obtained by CBS news in September 2007 revealed that Lower Manhattan was reopened a few weeks following the attack even though the air was not safe.

The two devastating memos, written by the U.S. and local governments, show officials knew the toxic soup created at ground zero was a deadly health hazard. Yet they sent workers into the pit and people back into their homes.

“Not only did they know it was unsafe, they didn’t heed the words of more experienced people that worked for the city and EPA,” said Joel Kupferman, with the group Environmental Justice Project.

EPA whistleblower, Dr. Cate Jenkins then wrote a letter to Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and other members of the New York congressional delegation blasting the EPA for hiding dangerous toxins from ground zero workers in the aftermath of 9/11.
 

The letter claimed that EPA-funded research on the toxicity of breathable alkaline dust at the site “falsified pH results” to make the substance appear benign, when it was, in reality, corrosive enough to cause first responders and other workers in lower Manhattan to later lose pulmonary functions and, in some cases, to die.

According to the 2003 EPA Inspector General’s investigation, Whitman conspired with the White House to lie about air quality at ground zero. Internal documents show it was Condoleezza Rice’s office that gave final approval to the infamous Environmental Protection Agency press releases days after 9/11 claiming the air around ground zero was “safe to breathe,” and that Whitman was merely following orders to mislead the public and ground zero workers.

Not only did the government deliberately lie about the aftermath of 9/11 and knowingly put the very heroes of the tragedy at risk, but they spent the next 8 and a half years attempting to cover up the fact while hundreds of ground zero first responders died agonizing deaths.

If the government was happy to take actions they knew full well would lead to the deaths and crippling illnesses of thousands of the finest and most upstanding Americans in the country, how the hell can we close our eyes to the possibility that they could have had any involvement whatsoever in the actual 9/11 attack itself?

Now that it is public knowledge and proven that the government conspired to lie about the toxic dust, putting thousands of people’s lives at risk, and leading to the deaths of hundreds, why on earth should we so readily believe any other aspect of what they told us in the days and weeks after the tragic event?

9/11 truth organizations like We Are Change have been instrumental in aiding the thousands of ground zero heroes who were lied to and abandoned by their own government, and have spent years running charity and fundraising events in support of 9/11 first responders. And how did the media and the establishment react? By demonizing 9/11 truthers as dangerous extremists and terrorists.

While the establishment continues to attack and smear the mere act of questioning the official 9/11 story as hateful and upsetting to the victims of 9/11, the government has, since the day of the attack, stuck a knife in the back of those very victims and twisted it for the last 8 and a half years.

Today’s ruling serves as a stark reminder that challenging the official 9/11 story and demanding a new investigation is not only necessary for the country, it’s imperative in order to achieve justice for those who were killed on 9/11 and the heroes who paid with their lives trying to save others – people who were cruelly disregarded by a government that had resolved to lie about the immediate aftermath of the attack.

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Re: Deal Could Pay $657M To Sickened WTC Responders
« Reply #20 on: March 12, 2010, 12:06:40 pm »
And all they will end up with are meatless and marrowless bare toothpicks gnashed and picked clean by the wolves who are supposedly "defending" them. Hopefully they will unanimously reject this.

Yes I know...all around this is disgusting and a blow to the victims of 9/11.   >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
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Re: Deal Could Pay $657M To Sickened WTC Responders
« Reply #21 on: March 12, 2010, 02:29:57 pm »
So, $657.5 million divided evenly over 9000 people comes to $73,000 each.  Payment is actually less since there are at least 9,000 represented.  A lot of "up to’s” quoted in these articles.  This payout is also 9 years after the fact.  In contrast, just one man, Silverstein, collected 4.6 billion years ago from insurance claims.

That is exactly what I was thinking, but I am very happy that this has been moving forward. The White House and EPA obviously need to be investigated for treason, obstruction of justice, purposefully contaminating a crime scene, etc.

Also, Luke and many others' hard work should be an example to all of us.
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Re: Deal Could Pay $657M To Sickened WTC Responders
« Reply #22 on: March 13, 2010, 02:31:10 am »
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thousands of workers who suffered health problems after the September 11 attacks in 2001 have reached a settlement worth up to $657.5 million with an insurer representing the city of New York, city officials and lawyers said on Thursday.

Thousands of firefighters, police, contractors and others who worked at "Ground Zero" in the ruins of the World Trade Center sued the city and its contractors for claims of injuries associated with their rescue and clean-up work.

The settlement will be drawn from a federally financed insurance fund -- the WTC Captive Insurance Company -- created in 2004 with a $1 billion grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

I want to know why a federal agency is paying the legal bills of a city. Was not NYC sued? What is the city paying out? It looks like nothing, with the Feds picking up the tab.

And they set aside 1 billion, yet the agreement is for under 700? Basic math tells me there's 0ver 300 million extra left over if the settlement is accepted. And who agreed to make the money the Feds are making available a grant to the city? Free money? That's not a grant, that's blood money!

Talking of math, the amount in relation to the number of those affected is typical. Only the lawyers walk away satisfied they got their fair share. In class-actions, a scam by the lawyer community, the individuals always get less than they should, and the lawyers make out like robbers. The individual amounts will be WAY less than 73k a person.

They should tell the government to take that tainted money and shove it. Besides, what about the lingering health affects? How do you put a price on a lifetime of medical care? Once they take the money, no more claims and all those people are on their own.
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« Reply #23 on: March 13, 2010, 10:43:53 am »
I want to know why a federal agency is paying the legal bills of a city. Was not NYC sued? What is the city paying out? It looks like nothing, with the Feds picking up the tab.

And they set aside 1 billion, yet the agreement is for under 700? Basic math tells me there's 0ver 300 million extra left over if the settlement is accepted. And who agreed to make the money the Feds are making available a grant to the city? Free money? That's not a grant, that's blood money!

Talking of math, the amount in relation to the number of those affected is typical. Only the lawyers walk away satisfied they got their fair share. In class-actions, a scam by the lawyer community, the individuals always get less than they should, and the lawyers make out like robbers. The individual amounts will be WAY less than 73k a person.

They should tell the government to take that tainted money and shove it. Besides, what about the lingering health affects? How do you put a price on a lifetime of medical care? Once they take the money, no more claims and all those people are on their own.

You're right in these kinds of lawsuits the ones that win are the lawyers, regardless.  It is sickening to me that they are still throwing these first responders under the bus.  Their lack of humanity definitely shines here--and those who cannot see this are truly blind!
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Re: Deal Could Pay $657M To Sickened WTC Responders
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