9/11 Plaintiffs’ Attys Demand Full Fees In 2nd Circ.

Law360, New York (April 11, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge should not have blocked some payments to law firms that represented people injured in the cleanup after the 2001 World Trade Center attack, the firms told the Second Circuit on Thursday, arguing that contingency fees help ensure access to justice.

U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein was wrong to cap plaintiffs’ firms recoveries at about $180 million, attorneys for the firms told a Second Circuit panel at oral arguments in Manhattan.

The firms took on cases at considerable risk, and should...
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