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by Alison Gendar source: New York Daily April 14, 2010
The judge who scuttled a controversial deal for sick Ground Zero workers chided the lawyers Monday for not keeping him in the loop about new negotiations.
Hellerstein last month scuttled a proposed agreement saying it gave too much to the lawyers and too little to rescue and cleanup workers sickened by toxins after 9/11.
Since then, lawyers for the workers, the city and the city’s insurance fund have tried to hammer out some fresh terms – but Hellerstein said he hadn’t been briefed.
“If I’m not enlightened, I’ll assume there will not be a settlement involving me,” Hellerstein told a packed courtroom before pulling in lawyers for private sitdowns.
James Tyrrell, one of the city’s lawyers, said Hellerstein had been briefed on the status of the talks, but would not elaborate.
A hearing on the settlement is set for April 27.