Breaking News: Judge Approves 9/11 Settlements Worth $500 Million
Breaking News: Judge Approves 9/11 Settlements Worth $500 Million
MARCH 5, 2009, 4:41 PM ET

This just in: A federal judge in New York has approved settlements in 92 of the 95 cases filed on behalf of those injured or killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The total amount paid was close to $500 million, according to the mediator in the case, Sheila Birnbaum, of Skadden, Arps. Click here for the early AP story; here for a copy of Judge Alvin Hellerstein’s order, which attaches Birnbaum’s report.

The lawsuits were brought by those who chose not to participate in the Victim’s Compensation Fund, a special fund Congress established that distributed more than $7 billion to more than 5,000 survivors.

Trial dates for the remaining three cases have not been set.

The order contains some remarkably glowing words for Birnbaum, a well-known mass-tort and product-liability lawyer, who just might think of framing the page from the West Reporter that ends up running the decision. It reads:

Ms. Birnbaum, assisted by Mr. Fox, has performed extraordinary work to settle the September 11 wrongful death and personal injury litigation. In her report, Ms. Birnbaum describes the settlement process and the factors that most influenced settlement values. She allowed each of the plaintiffs’ families to express their loss and the quality of the lives lost on September 11. She absorbed their losses and their pain with empathy and brought opposing counsel and high officers of the airlines to sit in their presence and hear their stories. She gained plaintiffs’ confidence. Without her assistance, most of these cases, in my opinion, would not have settled.

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Recalling Eckert

I wonder, was Beverly Eckert--the widow killed in the plane crash near Buffalo last month--one of those who had filed such a lawsuit?

Sorry, I know it might well have been just a tragic accident accident, but thoughts concerning timing and proximity to other events (such as the rulings reported here) still nag at me.


there is no question that an active government cover-up continues to deny truth regarding the events of September 11, 2001.

Here is a link to an article about Beverly Eckert,
published in Common Dreams -


There is a similar concern when Senator Paul Wellstone's plane stalled and fell from the sky. This enabled the Necons to get a Republican majority in the Senate. After JFK's death, many "terminal accidents" came about, too.

We have every right to be suspicious and concerned.. and with more reason to investigate 9/11 and its cover-up to expose the crimes behind the crimes. On this 9/11 I hope folks will join my in NYC for 8th anniversary and for THE REAL TRANSPARENCY CONFERENCE - now in the works.. check out Sander Hicks blog for more information -


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And sometimes...

Bad things just happen. There have been many family members that have been more detrimentally vocal towards the Government than Beverly over the years... Bob McIlvaine, Donna Marsh O'Connor, etc... and nothing, thank goodness, has happened to them. Not everything is a "conspiracy," and to promote everything as being a possible conspiracy is destrimental to this movement. The boy who cried wolf...

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?