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Manhattan: Ground Zero Workers Sue

Sep 14, 2004 @ 08:39 PM — by David Worby

A group of workers has filed a class-action lawsuit against the companies hired to clean up after the World Trade Center attack. The workers claim they were exposed to toxic fumes and debris at Ground Zero. The lawsuit, which also names the entities that leased and managed the trade center, was filed on Friday in federal court in Manhattan and announced yesterday. The companies have not yet responded. The plaintiffs also intend to sue the City of New York, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the federal Environmental Protection Agency, David E. Worby, the lawyer for the workers, said. He was joined at a news conference by 13 people who he said had physical ailments directly related to their exposure to what he said were 9/11 toxins.

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Hundreds of WTC Cleanup Workers Join Class Action

Sep 14, 2004 @ 04:46 PM — by David Worby

About 800 people who worked clearing the World Trade Center site have filed a class action against the leaseholder and those who supervised the cleanup, alleging they did little to protect workers from the toxins that were unleashed when the towers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001. The suit, filed Friday in Manhattan federal court and made public Monday, claims that Silverstein Properties and the four construction companies hired to oversee the removal of the 1.5 million tons of debris should have known that safety precautions were needed to protect the rescue workers and cleanup workers and anyone else exposed to the caustic dust from the airborne contamination, toxins and other substances. The suit was filed by Worby Vecchio Edelman, LLP in White Plains and Napoli Bern in Manhattan. The plaintiffs allege that the toxins caused persistent ailments such as asthma, stress, constant coughing and shortness of breath. Howard Rubenstein, a spokesman for trade center leaseholder Larry Silverste

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Trade Center Cleanup Workers File Lawsuit

Sep 14, 2004 @ 02:36 PM — by David Worby

Hundreds of people who worked on the World Trade Center cleanup after the Sept. 11 terror attacks have filed a class-action lawsuit. Hundreds of people who worked on the World Trade Center cleanup after the Sept. 11 terror attacks have filed a class-action lawsuit claiming they weren t protected from dust, asbestos and other toxins. The lawsuit, filed in federal court on Friday and made public Monday, was brought against Silverstein Properties and the four construction companies hired to oversee removal of the 1.5 million tons of debris. David Worby is a lawyer for about 800 plaintiffs. He said they will seek billions of dollars in compensation. The lawsuit also asks for a system to track for the next 20 years all who were exposed. The lawsuit alleges that many workers didn t have access to protective gear, and those who did weren t taught how to wear it properly. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study showing that many cleanup workers su

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Hundreds Sue for Billions Over Ground Zero Cleanup

Sep 14, 2004 @ 11:12 AM — by David Worby

Class action claims workers inadequately shielded from toxins NEW YORK Hundreds of people who worked on the World Trade Center cleanup have filed a class-action lawsuit against the leaseholder of the towers and those who supervised the job, alleging they did little to protect workers from dust, asbestos and other toxins in the air. The lawsuit, filed in federal court on Friday and made public yesterday, was brought against Silverstein Properties and the four construction companies hired to oversee the removal of the 1.5 million tons of debris. David Worby, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said he will seek billions of dollars in compensation for victims. The lawsuit also asks for the establishment of a system to track for the next 20 years all those who were exposed. The lawsuit alleges that many workers did not have access to protective gear, and those who did were not taught how to wear it properly. While some of the plaintiffs suffer from afflictions ranging from tumors

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600 sue WTC honchos for post-cleanup ailments

Sep 13, 2004 @ 08:46 PM — by David Worby

More than 600 people have filed a class-action lawsuit contending they suffered health problems from the cleanup of the World Trade Center, officials said yesterday. The billion-dollar federal suit, which seeks money for medical testing and screening, cites the effects of WTC toxic diseases, according to a news release. A press conference about the case is scheduled for tomorrow at a hotel near Ground Zero. This complaint names a number of defendants who owned, managed, controlled and leased the various buildings within the WTC complex, the release said. The specific defendants were unclear, but they seemed likely to include twin towers leaseholder Larry Silverstein, the Port Authority, which owns the site, and the city. The lead lawyer in the case is David Worby, who could not be reached for comment yesterday. His firm, Worby Vecchio Edelman, LLP, represents two NYPD detectives who sued the city in June.That suit, by detective John Walcott, who has terminal cancer,

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Deadly Crash Changed Lives, Not Roadway

Jul 27, 2004 @ 11:24 AM — by David Worby

WHITE PLAINS Ten years ago today, a propane tanker heading east on Interstate 287 barreled toward the median, its driver asleep at the wheel at 12:30 a.m., having slept only 5½ hours in the previous two days. The cab of the 80,000-pound truck shredded the guardrails as it rolled over, while its tank sheared off one of four columns supporting the Grant Avenue overpass. The impact cracked open the tanker, releasing gas. Sparks ignited the gas, sending a fireball into the sky. The explosion propelled the tank 300 feet north, where it landed on a house, engulfing it in flames. The accident killed the 23-year-old driver and injured 23 others. It also took out half the overpass, destroyed five homes and damaged 17 others. The economic toll, including settlements, was in excess of $14 million. Nearly nine years after the national Transportation Safety Board recommended ways I-287 should be redesigned to make it safer for heavy trucks, none of the improvements has been implemented

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Ailing WTC Cops Sue City

Jun 5, 2004 @ 08:51 PM — by David Worby

Two NYPD detectives are claiming in a new lawsuit that the city failed to protect them from toxic fumes at Ground Zero and from 9/11 debris at Fresh Kills landfill. Detective John Walcott, 39, who has terminal cancer, and his partner in the narcotics division, Richard Volpe, 36, who has developed kidney disease, want substantial compensation from the city for their grave illnesses, their lawyer said yesterday. The suit was filed in Manhattan Federal Court on Thursday. These are otherwise young, healthy, athletic men who were working full-time plus overtime on the force, and working on their own time, said their lawyer, Richard Vecchio, of the firm Worby Vecchio Edelman,LLP. It s coming out that the different chemicals and toxins emergency workers were exposed to are making a lot of people sick, Vecchio said. The city s law department refused comment yesterday. Police unions have identified more than a dozen officers with cancer they claim developed after 9/11. D

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Girl’s Mother Sues Hospital

May 4, 2004 @ 11:16 AM — by David Worby

St. Vincents faces 2nd suit over sex attacks on patients WHITE PLAINS The mother of a developmentally disabled teen yesterday sued a psychiatric hospital in Harrison where her daughter was sexually assaulted last year, marking the second lawsuit filed since November over a sex attack there. The lawsuit seeks unspecified money damages from St. Vincents Hospital of Westchester, based on allegations it failed to protect the girl, then 15, from fellow patients who abused her. A developmentally disabled 18-year-old woman faces felony sex charges in the incident, which authorities said took place Aug. 15. The victim s mother was not available for comment, but the victim s father said he hoped the lawsuit would force the closure of St. Vincents, a 133-bed hospital owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and the Sisters of Charity of New York. We re doing this to prevent something like this from ever happening again, the father said. We need to make the public aware o

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Tuckahoe Student Sues District Over Attack

Apr 4, 2004 @ 08:45 PM — by David Worby

The former girlfriend of a Tuckahoe baseball star who tried to strangle her before throwing himself in front of a train last May has sued the Tuckahoe school district, her lawyer said. The former girlfriend, Bridgette Maldonado, now 18 and a high school senior, filed the suit Tuesday in Westchester County Superior Court, contending that the school system did nothing about the violent, criminal behavior of her former boyfriend, Brian Morris, 17. Her lawyer, David Worby, said the principal of Tuckahoe High School at the time, Paul Siragusa, had assured Ms. Maldonado that she and her brother were safe, even after Mr. Morris allegedly threatened to kill them. With the history this kid had, to guarantee their safety just defies imagination, Mr. Worby said. As a matter of law, when the principal heard of the death threat, the police should ve been involved. Patrick Fitzgerald, a lawyer for the district, said that the attack against Ms. Maldonado took place away from school groun

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Tuckahoe Schools Face $50M Suit

Mar 31, 2004 @ 11:20 AM — by David Worby

Girl alleges district ignored boy s strife before his suicide WHITE PLAINS The former girlfriend of a Tuckahoe High School baseball star who says he attacked her before throwing himself to his death in front of a train has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the Tuckahoe school district, claiming school officials ignored the 17-year-old athlete s history of violence and threats. White Plains lawyer David Worby filed the suit Monday in state Supreme Court in White Plains on behalf of Bridgette Maldonado , now an 18-year-old Tuckahoe High School senior, and her mother, Yvette Maldonado. Bridgette Maldonado says that on the night of May 8, she was attacked in her apartment by Brian Morris and choked until she was unconscious. Morris then went to the nearby Tuckahoe railroad station, where witnesses said he jumped in front of a speeding train. Every single person in that school system was aware of Brian Morris five-year history of threats, violence and intimidation toward stud

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