A settlement has been reached by New York City and its contractors with plaintiffs in the more than 9,000 cases involving respiratory and other illnesses suffered by police, firefighters and workers who responded to the World Trade Center terror attacks and cleaned up the site.

Southern District of New York Judge Alvin Hellerstein is set to receive the parties today at 500 Pearl St. to discuss the settlement, which comes just two months before trial on 12 “bellwether” cases brought by plaintiffs who claim that New York City, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and more than 70 contractors failed to warn and protect workers who responded to the catastrophe and took part in the cleanup.

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