NEW YORK – A federal judge says he will hold a hearing in a week to let people weigh in on a settlement that would pay up to $657 million to people who got sick after toiling in the ruins of the World Trade Center.
U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein says he wants to make sure the deal is "fair, appropriate and just to all affected."
Thousands of workers who claim to have been sickened by dust and debris will have three months to decide whether to accept the package. If 95 percent don't say yes, the deal is off.
The settlement could resolve 10,000 lawsuits filed by cops, firefighters and construction workers who say they were exposed to toxins at the site.