NYC settles decades-long lawsuit over cancer cases

NEW YORK (AP) — The city of New York has settled a 22-year-long lawsuit with families whose children survived cancer contracted after playing in and living near a Bronx landfill.

Lawyer Jeff Korek tells the New York Times (http://nyti.ms/13d17kA ) that the city agreed to a $12 million settlement with the nine families whose children survived leukemia. Three other families lost children to the disease.

The city’s Law Department confirmed the settlement Friday. But it told the newspaper in a statement that the city believes it managed the landfill lawfully and that nothing from the Pelham Bay landfill caused the children’s illnesses.

The plaintiffs argued that between the 1980s and mid-1990s the dump contained chemicals, byproducts from oil processing and other carcinogenic material. It was eventually designated a federal Superfund site.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

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