New York, NY, August 24, 2010 — There are nearly 10,000 ailing Ground Zero workers whose plight was brought before the courts by the personal injury law partnership firms of Worby Groner Edelman (Michael Edelman pictured), and Napoli Bern. Allegations today surfaced suggesting that the firm disguised padding $220,000 in payments for lobbyist, public relations and medical reviews. Treating the $220,000 in fees as “expert costs”, the law firm of Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo allege the respective firms of Worby Groner Edelman, and Napoli Bern, circumvented the $1.75 million in “common benefit costs” submitted by the law firms of Worby Groner Edelman, and Napoli Bern.
The mostly 689 firefighters and fire officers represented by Sullivan Papain advise over $400,000 in expenses should be “disallowed" for being “unrelated to the subject litigation" or are simply inappropriately billed. There issues become pertinent because if the costs are accepted, they would come out of a pending $712.5 million settlement offer by New York City’s insurer.
Sullivan Papain also seek confirmation none of the interest charges Worby Napoli Edelman, and Napoli Bern partnership "reportedly incurred on loans taken to finance its cases will be passed on to clients represented by other firms."
The New York Post first revealed interest charges as high as 18 percent are the subject of a pending inquiry by the Manhattan Federal Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein overseeing the case.
None other than Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, “of counsel” to tort-lawyer partners Perry Weitz and Arthur Luxenberg, of the firm of Weitz and Luxenberg, through Counsel Financial Services, a firm upon whch they sit as members of the board, lent up to $10 million at an interest rate of 18 percent to the Worby Napoli Edelman, and Napoli Bern partnership. Counsel Financial Services lends to law firms that need up front cash for cases expected to be big payoffs.
Bottom line, it's all about the money.