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B.U. Graduate Shares Ground Zero Litigation Experience

A Binghamton University graduate recently shared his experience of being a key part of an historic court case.
A Binghamton University graduate recently shared his experience of being a key part of an historic court case.

William Groner graduated in 1977. He is an attorney who represented 10,000 first responders, sanitation employees and volunteers who helped with the rescue and debris removal work after the terror attacks on the World Trade Centers. People doing the work breathed in toxic dust.

Groner says state law requires that respiratory protection be given to workers at construction sites. He says that wasn't done and as a result people became seriously ill from the dust.

"It was an epic, David versus Goliath litigation that has been labeled by scholars as the most complicated tort in history. After nine years, we settled for $800 million," said Groner.

New York City and contractors were sued in the case. Groner says the federal government gave the defendants $1 billion of insurance money to defend themselves, which made the case even more challenging. Groner told his story at a recent Binghamton University Forum luncheon.
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