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Lawyers Banned From Charging Interest in 9/11 Settlement

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(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — The judge who approved the settlement for thousands of first responders exposed to toxic World Trade Center dust has banned their lawyers from charging their clients for $6.1 million in interest on money they borrowed to fund the litigation.

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein made the decision during a hearing Friday to examine the fees that were requested after the settlement was announced.

Earlier this year, the judge signed off on a deal that could pay more than $700 million to about 10,000 police, firefighters and construction workers. It still must be approved by 95 percent of the plaintiffs before becoming final.

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