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NU Online News Service, June 10, 3:00 p.m. EDT

An agreement has been reached to settle workers’ claims against the World Trade Center Insurance Company for more than $712 million, a $125 million increase over a settlement nixed by a federal judge in March.

Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein, of the U.S. Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York, approved today the settlement, between more than 10,000 plaintiffs and the WTC Captive, that reduces attorneys’ fees and increases payments to plaintiffs.

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