Deadline expires on 9/11 health lawsuits

January 3, 2012 4:28:15 AM PST
Time has run out for 1,600 people who were sickened by toxic materials after the September 11 attacks.

Monday was the deadline for them to drop any lawsuit and to give up all future rights to sue for their 9/11 injuries.

Those who accepted the terms will still be able to qualify for the federal victims compensation fund.

Those who insist on suing will not be allowed to benefit from the fund.

U.S. lawmakers set aside $2.76 billion last winter to compensate people who developed illnesses after spending time at ground zero.

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