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Bloomberg: I Don’t Want To Fight 9/11 Responders

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Police officers and other emergency workers are seen at the World Trade Center site - New York, NY - Sep 13, 2001 - Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Police officers and other emergency workers are seen at the World Trade Center site – New York, NY – Sep 13, 2001 – Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

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NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A growing number of 9/11 first responders were settling their legal dispute with New York City, even as Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he wants to avoid a long court battle.

A lawyer representing 10,000 Ground Zero workers suing over exposure to World Trade Center dust said 75-percent have signed an agreement resolving their claims.

The deal would pay first responders anywhere from several thousand to about $2 million, depending on the severity of their illness.

“We have no desire to be fighting in court with those who acted unselfishly and heroically in response to that attack both on 9/11 and in its aftermath,” Bloomberg said.

The deal only takes effect if 95-percent of all plaintiffs agree to the settlement by November 8.

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