Hundreds Of 9.11 Families Seek Oversight For $3.5B Fund


More than 800 families of 9/11 victims have asked a New York federal court to appoint a special master to oversee the distribution of a $3.5 billion compensation fund amid a heated debate over how to split the money.

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Jerry Goldman of Anderson Kill PC, counsel for one of the member cases involved in the disputed deal, rebuked the letter during a Friday call with Law360. Benett and Trzaskoma's statements were "neither correct, nor advancing the interests of the vast majority of the litigants in this case."

He declined to state which aspects of the letter were incorrect, citing confidentiality issues, but said he had acted in his clients' best interests based on state law covering who is prioritized for a judgment. A special master, Goldman added, would also be constrained by New York priority rules and wouldn't be of much use in the distribution.

"Given where we are, I want my clients to get something and something meaningful," Goldman said. "What we get is only going to be a portion of those judgments and hopefully, we will get additional judgments and additional recoveries from other defendants — perhaps, even the Taliban."

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