September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Updates
Following intense lobbying from the 9/11 first responders community, the president signed a bill that will ensure the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) will never run out of money. The Permanent Authorization Act extends the VCF’s claim filing deadline from December 18, 2020, to October 1, 2090.
April 20, 2014
It's a huge undertaking. It's all coming together now. I think we're in a good place. Now I'd like to see some awards to clients.
Noah Kushlefsky is endorsed by Fealgood Foundation for Zadroga claims.
May 18, 2011
Noah Kushlefsky Meets with Newly Appointed Special Master Sheila Birnbaum
On the day she was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to oversee the Zadroga Act’s September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, Special Master Sheila Birnbaum contacted Noah Kushlefsky to discuss the complicated legal and practical issues involved in the administration of the Fund. The two hour closed-door meeting was comprehensive and productive.
Sheila Birnbaum is an excellent choice to oversee the Victim Compensation Fund. She is a New Yorker who is both compassionate and practical, and she understands the monumental effort made by responders and recovery workers at Ground Zero and the significant health issues they face as a result of their service.
February 7, 2011
Court Appoints Kreindler Partner Noah Kushlefsky Special Counsel in World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation
Southern District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein has appointed Kreindler Partner Noah Kushlefsky Special Counsel to resolve a conflict of interest in the World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation.
In an order, Judge Hellerstein concluded that the attorneys representing a group of 59 plaintiffs who had previously made claims to the Victim Compensation Fund had a conflict because they removed the group from the eligible plaintiffs’ list for the 2010 settlement, a deal that calls for upwards of $700 million in payouts to those who responded after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, and cleaned up the site.
September 11 Zadroga Act
We, and a grateful nation, are ready to help.
Partner Noah Kushlefsky leads the largest team of legal professionals dedicated exclusively to representing clients in the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) of any law firm in the world. Kreindler has been handling claims since the original VCF opened in December 2001. To date, we’ve recovered more than 2.5 billion dollars on behalf of our clients for 9/11 related claims.
Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York Courts have recognized that Kreindler & Kreindler’s efforts in the VCF dramatically increased its clients awards.
Furthermore, the evidence supports the Surrogate’s conclusion that the objectants’ efforts and expertise contributed to the substantial size of the award, which exceeded the maximum presumptive award listed in the tables promulgated by the VCF by almost $1 million.
The Zadroga Act, the long awaited federal law which provides health care, medical monitoring and financial compensation for World Trade Center rescue, recovery and clean-up workers, has finally become law. Lawyers at Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, the law firm with the most experience in the original September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, stand ready to assist ailing workers through the maze of proof, paperwork, documents and evidence that is needed to properly present a claim in the VCF and maximize compensation from the Fund.
No law firm in the country represented more families in the original Victim Compensation Fund. Special Master Kenneth Feinberg, who was appointed by the president to run the VCF, has credited Kreindler attorneys with being “instrumental” in developing the regulations and methodologies used for calculating compensation awards and in the general success of the Fund. New York courts have found that Kreindler’s representation of clients in the VCF dramatically increased their awards beyond what they would have otherwise received.
The statute and regulations governing the first VCF appeared to exclude the families of firefighters, police personnel and other rescue workers killed in the WTC from reasonable compensation because of their line of duty pensions. Kreindler partner Noah Kushlefsky stepped in and worked with representatives of New York City, the unions and the United States Department of Justice to develop a method of calculating claims which assured the families fair compensation.
Our law firm is committed to doing the same for rescue and recovery workers who have been sickened and permanently harmed by the toxic air at Ground Zero. This means overcoming obstacles of proof and matching our superior experience with the individual facts of a case.
For too long, our country has turned its back on the brave men and women who stood side by side sifting though the debris at Ground Zero and elsewhere, and who are now suffering through catastrophic illnesses. Statistics show that almost 700 WTC first responders have died from a variety of ailments likely brought on by their work. Others are facing tremendous uncertainty as they fight for their health, their families and their lives.