The New York Post reports that a law firm involved with the city’s settlement with 10,000 Ground Zero workers will not represent victims filing compensation claims under the federal Zadroga Act, because the firm will not be able to bill them. The firm has already garnered $200 million in expenses and fees from its involvement in the settlement.
9/11 responders advocate John Feal said the firms actions are “disturbing and appalling,” saying, [t]his firm made over $200 million from the mass tort — you would think there would be a moral obligation to represent those sick and dying under Zadroga pro bono.” Feal said the firm repeatedly “led clients to believe it would represent them,” the Post reported.
The federal Zadroga Act prevents the law firm from billing the victims more for its services. The law firm sent its clients a recommendation for two other lawyers, who would be able to charge a 10 percent fee, and said they would charge eight cents a page to transfer client records to another law firm. The fee could potentially add up to several hundred dollars a case, money that would not be billed to clients, but would come from the ten percent fee that the law says a new firm could charge.