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City Says Judge Is Slowing Down WTC Case

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New York City attorneys say a federal judge inappropriately "inserted himself" in settlement negotiations with more than 10,000 9/11 responders and workers who claim they got sick working at Ground Zero.

The city is appealing several orders made by US District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein. Last month, Judge Hellerstein nixed the city's up to $650 million settlement offer, saying it wasn't enough, and too much of it would go to lawyers.

The city says the judge has no power to order the terms of a settlement, and he's impeding progress. Plaintiffs' attorneys have not yet decided whether they'll support the appeal.