Ground Zero Workers’ Lawyers Give Speaker Silver’s Law Firm a Cut of Settlement Agreement Funds BY Hezi Aris

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Edelman_Michael 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.

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eHeziGround Zero Workers’ Lawyers Give Speaker Silver’s Law Firm a Cut of Settlement Agreement Funds BY Hezi Aris

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  1. More want to join 9/11 suit
    By BRUCE GOLDING
    Last Updated: 6:54 AM, September 4, 2010
    Posted: 3:15 AM, September 4, 2010
    Comments: 0 More Print A dozen sickened Ground Zero workers — including several out-of-state firefighters — are asking a judge to let them join a pending $712.5 million settlement with the city.
    The claimants say in court papers that they missed an April 12 eligibility deadline because they didn’t know the deal was being discussed.
    “Being in Chicago, I never saw anything about it and we don’t read the New York papers here,” wrote retired firefighter Arthur Noonan, who spent a week in the rubble of the World Trade Center and was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004.
    Other claimants who helped out after the Sept. 11 terror attacks are from California, Florida and North Carolina, said their lawyer, Jay Breakstone.
    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/more_want_to_join_suit_ucqrDkr5FGeAMCoJoVwsCJ#ixzz0yZpaBE00

  2. all of which has absolutely nothing to do with the
    9/11 litigation…where one firm and only one firm
    assumed all the risk, laid out most of the money
    performed most of the work, and got a recovery
    that the city opposed from the outset…and they
    paid their lawyers 211 million but that’s ok..
    its just that when plaintiff’s attorneys want to
    get paid for establishing the right legally of ground
    zero heroes to recover that you think they don’t
    deserve it…and you would prefer to talk about
    a al pirro then recognize that there would be
    no money for those who responded were it not for
    the lawsuit and there would be no lawsuit if
    the worby firm didn’t believe in the case..so in
    reality it is you who will never get it

  3. you are of course referring to albert pirro husband
    of the former da who is now back practicing law having
    gotten his license back..and i don’t desert my friends
    because they have tax problems..sorry..just like i
    don’t change friends because they change parties.but
    people like you who are judgmental wouldn’t understand
    that at all…why don’t you sign your name so we can
    see how many of your friends are in jail..maybe none
    maybe some…albert is still a friend so what he paid
    he dues to society..and forgiving is what life
    is supposed to be about or don’t you believe that either

  4. I think people may be a little sceptical of you and your friends because some of your other friends have been arrested by the feds and spent time in prison for thei “Creative accounting methods”
    silly little bird

  5. and one more thing your allusion to bottom feeder
    etc..has nothing more to do then the fact that you
    are probably making 20,000 a year and you resent anyone
    that makes more than you do…but risk taking is something you have no familiarity with..the plaintiffs
    had to spend nothing.the lawfirm had to borrow 27 million, and had to pay for all of the lawyers servicing the case for 8 years..their fee is eminently
    fair..considering the fact that the defense attorneys
    paid by the same fund got 211 million dollars..why
    don’t you tell us who you are..because we are sending
    your posts to the heroes…ie we are telling them that
    you don’t want them to recover a dime

  6. you sir are slime..a lawfirm took a case that had
    no upside and turned it into a 700 million dollar
    recovery for those exposed to the toxins at ground
    zero..what is your problem you don’t like personal
    injury lawyers..so you deny what they have accomplished
    let me ask you one question. do you not think that
    the heroes who responded should be indemnified..and
    if you do think they should be ..and the city and
    the federal govt denied that they should be how would
    you suggest that the city be forced to compensate
    them…you are a jerk

  7. Mike, you have been exposed for the bottom feeder that you have always been. Just like a common slip and fall lawyer, you ignored every valid question in the previous posts and just acclaimed what a great job was done on behalf of the 9/11 heroes. You then had the audacity to quote a nun on her death bed to try and further your point. I truly hope that everyone reading this knows what a slimy, digusting human being you really are and treat you as such in the future.

  8. there are two choices for you and two choices only
    either the ground zero first responders hired
    a lawfirm which is entitled to a legal fee for
    almost 9 years of continuing legal work on their
    behalf including proving the connection between
    the air at ground zero and the sickesses or they
    didn’t hire a lawfirm and got nothing..to quote a
    south carolina nun who on her deathbed as the
    result of being exposed to ground zero begged
    david worby to continue his fight to prove the
    connection “please don’t let us down’ AND HE
    KEPT HIS WORD..EVERTHING ELSE IS JUST NOISE AND
    PARTICULARLY THE CRITICSIMS LEVELED HERE

  9. Past practice is a steep slope and you of all people should know this. To hang your hat on “well look at the big picture” is insulting. And just for the record, the $6,000,000 that was deemed excessive would have been coming from whom? The over taxed taxpayer? Or the pockets of the 9/11 heroes? And who would have profited from this had the judge not put a stop to it? You know the answers Mike.

  10. Edelman, you continue to make light of the fact that because it has been past practice (to charge the clients for money borrowed), that this somehow makes it right. So past practice trumps ethical and moral values, right? So, when a police officer, based on past practice for say 20+ years, is awarded extra overtime in his final year based on past practice, it’s o.k.? Can’t have it both ways pal. Either past practice is acceptable or not? What say you?

  11. so what..the charges were disclosed by the attorneys
    to the clients…how do you think the post learned
    about it. some clients were not happy that they had
    to pay interest on loans to themselves for their
    own cases…and the judge although he cited nothing
    improper simply required the attorneys to absorb
    the interest costs out of the 150,000 million in fees
    the interest costs were about 6 million…there is
    nothing in the law or in ethics that requires that
    the the attorneys absorb anything..in fact the contrary
    is the usual case.in massive tort cases there is
    overwhelming authority to permit attorneys to borrow
    at market rates and pass the cost of borrowing along
    hellerstein simply decided on his own to make the
    attorneys pay the cost of the loans…no legal authority just his own whim…but no one is complaining
    and now that you guys have kind of forced me into
    all of this..based on my normal billing time I will no
    doubt have to send the firm a bill for say 3 million
    dollars..just to annoy you..maybe they will pay it..
    probably not

  12. and for the subsequent poster…no one knows alvin
    hellerstein at my firm or the firm in new york
    federal judges are not elected they are appointed
    for life and owe no one anything…and in addtion
    to judge hellerstein ken feinberg will oversee the
    distributions…the same guy that handled the compensation fund and the same guy that will handle
    the BP oil spill….both men totally and completely
    beyond reproach..this is not yonkers

  13. you sir are a nut job…just because the judge found
    no liability doesn’t mean there was none..now the judge
    is in on it too…? is that the point you are desperately trying to make in order to bolster your
    nonsensical argument..one law firm with 700 clients
    that didn’t little work on the case according to paul
    napoli is suing the lawfirm that shoulderen the vast
    bulk of the litigation costs and you take their side
    you want to see the letter they sent out to all their
    firefighter clients to “sign up as quickly as possible”
    the judge did not accuse anyone of overcharging..
    what he said was that regardles of the fact that
    the charges were ligitimate in light of the amount
    of the legal fees involved the attorneys should eat
    the costs on behalf of their clients..and that’s his
    call..you either can’t read or read what you want..
    and remember one thing without the worby lawfirm there
    would be no case no recoverty and no money for the
    heroes dead and alive..and by the way most of the 9000
    plus claimants are quite alive…many have symptoms
    many do not…but if the worby lawfirm did not take
    the risk, borrow the money necessary to fund the case
    and prove the link between the air quality at ground
    zero and the sicknesses that have resulted an may
    result in the future..there would BE NO MONEY AT ALL
    FOR ANY OF THE PLAINTIFF’S because both the city
    and the federal government refused to recognize the
    link and in fact the city paid its own defense team
    211 million dollars to DENY WORKING AT GROUND ZERO
    CAUSED ANY INJURY AT ALL…so that 211 million should
    have rightfully gone to those injured but the worby
    lawfirm later worby groner edelman napoli bern etc
    had to file 9000 seperate lawsuits .this is not
    a class action..so either you are totally ignorant
    and have an opinion that’s anti lawyer or you are
    totally misinformed..you think that all the lawyers
    and all the judges in the world are engaged in some
    grand conspiracy…you aren;t even aware that most
    of the heroes of 9/11 are living

  14. Your “practice” is a disgrace! How you can look at yourself in the mirror each morning is a true testament to the sociopath that you are! You are a true bottom feeder! An ambulance chasing weasel trying to defend a bill “padding” charge as “small potatoes” compared to the big picture. Theft is theft! Call it like it is! You lay with dogs you get fleas! Your “profession” is EXACTLY what people think! You must be so proud! And just because a judge found no liability doesn’t mean there was none! You just found the right judge! He accused you of over charging the families of the dead heroes of 9/11 and you feel this is ok? My God man, you are sick!

  15. Lawyers for ailing 9/11 Ground Zero responders padded expenses, court papers charge
    BY Jose Martinez
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
    Tuesday, August 24th 2010, 4:00 AM
    Lawyers for 10,000 sickened Ground Zero workers padded their expenses by $400,000 – billing for flacks, lobbyists and so-called experts, court papers filed Monday charge.
    The law firm of Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern was accused of bulking up its bill to circumvent the 25% contingency fee agreement on a $712 million settlement hammered out for ill workers.
    “No World Trade Center responder should pay any of these costs,” said Andrew Carboy, whose firm represents 700 workers, most of them firefighters.
    Carboy’s firm, Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, filed papers in Manhattan Federal Court yesterday, laying out its rival’s questionable billing practices.
    The court papers contend that Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern wrongly portrayed more than $220,000 in lawyers fees as costs for scientific and medical experts.
    “This is not the case,” Carboy wrote in the court documents, explaining that one of the so-called experts lost his medical license and was deemed a “threat to public health.”
    A spokeswoman for Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern did not return calls.
    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/08/24/2010-08-24_wtc_attys_dissed__by_second_firm.html?r=ny_local#ixzz0xuTvQBxW

  16. i will stand by the decision of the court which
    made it abundantly clear that no ethics violations
    were committed..the court decided however that in
    fairness to the plaintiff’s that the lawfirms absorb
    the costs even though legally they were permitted
    to charge them…and that’s fine..but a long long
    way from what was insinuated in the original article
    based merely on an allegation made by another plaintiff;s firm also representing 9/11 victims
    so lets see 150 million less 6 million is 144…
    still a lot of money but now totally approved
    by the court…so if you have any issue with it
    after 7 years of intense litigation by the firm
    call the judge

  17. I may not know about “Massive Tort” cases, But I sure know a massive TERD when I see one, and YOU SIR ARE A MASSIVE TERD!
    …Not at the table edelman

  18. spin it any way you want
    “..but he did require outside
    of the law that the attorneys take a bit less which
    is fine with us…you are basically people who don’t
    get it…”
    why would it matter to you if you have no interest in the case?
    all the critics are wrong and you are the only one who gets it.
    are the words pompous prick slanderous?

  19. Judge Hellerstein today found no ethical improprieties
    and no violations of any kind …expert witnesses testified as to the facts..but he did require outside
    of the law that the attorneys take a bit less which
    is fine with us…you are basically people who don’t
    get it…the cost of borrowing money on a mass tort
    case is what it is..you expect the lawfirms to absorb
    the costs even though their clients lay out no money
    at all..and even though the outcome is never guaranteed
    and the attorneys have to pay it back if they lose
    why shoulnt’ the clients have to pay for the loans
    for their own cases..no other firm would take on
    this litigation..the retainers specifically told them
    there might be costs of borowing involved..and if
    the city had forked over the billion dollars given
    to it by the federal government in the first place
    there would be no litigation…no borrowing costs
    no expense etc…but i dont’ hear anyone complaining
    about the 211 million dollars in defense fees that
    were essentially wasted.because in the end the
    ground zero heroes will be compensated..why didnt
    the city save that money and let them have a larger
    payout..no one will say anything about that because
    you are all judgmental and have no idea about
    massive tort cases..you simply are totally clueless

  20. laid out 27 million?
    Really?
    at 18 percent interest of which the expenses were likely past on to the claimants.
    …and we’re gutless
    go figure.

  21. because its part of the court submission.its public
    record…i am really tired of defending a lawsuit
    that gets millions of dollars for those heroes
    who responded..would you prefer they get nothing
    david worby made the case..he took medical evidence
    that was challenged and he forced mt sinai hospital
    to consider the implications..mike bloomberg refused
    to pay..the congress refused to pay.so you are criticizing a lawfirm that laid out 27 million dollars
    on behalf of 9/11 responders to get them what they
    deserved..you suck

  22. Hey Edel-woman, if you aren’t a party to the case and have no financial interest in it why do you have that letter in your possession? Bathroom reading?

  23. You guys are gutless fools ..i have no financial
    interest in the lititagion..i am not a partner
    i didn’t loan any money to any one…your problem
    is that you prejudge everything..based on your own
    bias and prejudices…why dont you rely on a federal
    court to make that determination..you have one lawfirm
    accusing another lawfirm and you jump to take the
    side of the accuser…this is not napoleonic france
    where off with there heads was the rule..the firm
    did everything by the book..and the other firm which
    brought the suit and did by the way no work is in
    no position to complain..and if you don’t like plaintiffs lawyers because they are blood suckers
    you shouldn’t like the firm that brought the suit
    because i have in my poseesion their letter to firefighers essentially begging them to sign on

  24. credibility? what credibility? the guy is an ambulance chaser…and He will try to defend every criminal act he or his friends commit. He thinks that by using fancy lawyer talk, he can justify the stealing of $400,000 from dead and dying heroes. What a fraud he is.

  25. you posted: “i have no connection to the case and no financial interest as
    a partner in the outcome.”
    you never clearly stated you had NO financial interest.
    do you stand to gain from the financing of this case”
    without parsing words a yes or no will suffice.
    we don’t need a f*cking pseudo intellectual dissertation.

  26. Mike: Your credibilioty is totally destroyed. So you might as well accept the fact that you have been exposed for the weasel that you are.

  27. Yonkers DPW supervisor faces third DWI charge
    By Will David • wdavid@lohud.com • August 25, 2010
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    YONKERS — A supervisor with the Yonkers Department of Public Works who was previously convicted of driving while intoxicated was charged with the same crime as a felony this weekend after he crashed into two parked cars, police said.
    Michael Ruggiero of 3 University Ave. was driving his 2003 Suburban on the 300 block of Kimball Avenue at 7:10 p.m. Sunday when he crashed, police Sgt. Patrick McCormack said.
    An officer who responded to the scene concluded that Ruggiero was intoxicated. He had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and could not stand without supporting his weight on the car, police said.
    Ruggiero told police he had been trying to avoid a puddle in the road.
    City records indicate he received $148,997 in gross pay in 2009 as a manager of refuse collection.
    John Liszewski, public works commissioner, declined to comment about Ruggiero’s job status, calling it a “personnel matter.”
    In October 2003, Ruggiero, then deputy commissioner of public works, was not suspended from his $128,960-a-year job after a drunken-driving arrest in Hastings-on-Hudson. He totaled a city-leased 2002 Mercury Mountaineer after also hitting two parked cars.
    He pleaded guilty to that charge and was ultimately demoted to manager of refuse collection, making $102,000 per year. The city paid the owners of the cars Ruggiero struck more than $5,000.
    Ruggerio was also disciplined following a 1999 impaired driving conviction. Details of that incident were not immediately available.

  28. love those who only look at the allegations and
    can’t wait to hear the results..its what blogging
    is all about…maybe the charges were absolutely
    justified in such a massive tort case and maybe
    the judge will find that they were and that the
    lawfirm bringing the lawsuit did it for other reasons
    in any event…I would like to know in the absence
    of the city indemnifying the ground zero workers most
    of whom were cops and fireman.and in the absence of
    the congress passing any law to help them..how would
    you suggest their families be taken care of from the
    toxic brew they were exposed to at ground zero..notwithstanding that giuliani and whitman
    said the air was safe to breath..or would you prefer
    that they receive nada just so “the lawyers” get
    nada…very smart..but very stupid

  29. hey Edelman, why doesn’t your firm do the right thing and donate the entire NUT to a worthwile cause like the 9/11 widows, FDNY burn unit, kids of 9/11…at least this way you an UN-Scumbag yourself & your firm.

  30. Hezi, how does this story keep getting put closer and closer to the bottom of the page? Only one story has come out after it, but somehow it has been knocked down to story # 4 already. I hope your not getting pressure from these low life attorneys to get rid of the story
    Editor’s Note: The articles move down as new ones are added. There is no pressure from anyone. To underline the lack of pressure from anywhere, I will place this article at the top of the page for the balance of the day.
    Kindly,
    Hezi

  31. Did you hear about the personal injury attorney who was in a terrible car accident?
    The ambulance he was chasing stopped short

  32. The Sheldon Silver law firm is a major contributor to the Andrew Cuomo campaign for governor.As the brokerage TV ad says,”Lets not spoil the fun!”The only good Democrat is a defeated Democrat.

  33. How many personal injury attorneys does it take to change a light bulb?
    Three – one to turn the bulb, one to shake him off the ladder, and the third to sue the ladder company.

  34. well as you can see its lawfirm vs lawfirm and both
    firms represented clients who were injured at ground
    zero..the worby lawfirm represents about 9000 plaintiffs the other firm represents 700…the
    judge will sort it out and that’s all there is to say

  35. Gee, I didn’t know the law firm took the case not for the money, but for concern of the victims.Will the law firm be getting a Nobel Prize for charity?

  36. Lawyers for ailing 9/11 Ground Zero responders padded expenses, court papers charge
    BY Jose Martinez
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
    Tuesday, August 24th 2010, 4:00 AM
    Lawyers for 10,000 sickened Ground Zero workers padded their expenses by $400,000 – billing for flacks, lobbyists and so-called experts, court papers filed Monday charge.
    The law firm of Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern was accused of bulking up its bill to circumvent the 25% contingency fee agreement on a $712 million settlement hammered out for ill workers.
    “No World Trade Center responder should pay any of these costs,” said Andrew Carboy, whose firm represents 700 workers, most of them firefighters.
    Carboy’s firm, Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, filed papers in Manhattan Federal Court yesterday, laying out its rival’s questionable billing practices.
    The court papers contend that Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern wrongly portrayed more than $220,000 in lawyers fees as costs for scientific and medical experts.
    “This is not the case,” Carboy wrote in the court documents, explaining that one of the so-called experts lost his medical license and was deemed a “threat to public health.”
    A spokeswoman for Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern did not return calls.
    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/08/24/2010-08-24_wtc_attys_dissed__by_second_firm.html?r=ny_local#ixzz0xd2t0PSY

  37. And one more point..when you say inappropriately billed
    you are making a conclusion that no one else but
    another law firm has made in its lawsuit..don’t you
    think its smarter to let a federal judge make the
    determination..there was over 27,000,000 expended
    on behalf of the clients in all kinds of expenses
    which advanced their cases from experts in medicine
    to experts in ethics to experts in law to experts
    in the environment..all done to establish a case in
    one of the most important massive tort cases ever
    who do you expect should have laid that money out
    since the worby groner napoli bern firm was the only
    firm to step up to the plate..with no guarantee by
    the way of recovery..you are simply siezing on a new york post attempt to sell newspapers and I have every
    confidence that the firm did everything according to
    what is permissible…if the judge decides otherwise
    then adjustments will be made..this is hardly a matter
    of stealing and you should know better..

  38. what my firm did was to develop the entire theory
    of the case..but for the worby firm there would be
    no recovery…for your information the lawfirm that
    is arguing that “expenses were padded” is the same
    lawfirm that represents the fire unions in new york
    and solicited 9/11 cases on its own letterhead after
    the statute of limitations was lifted to allow those
    who didn’t file to later file…lets let the judge
    make the determination shall we…this is considered
    a massive tort case…and is certainly not a slip and
    fall issue…and unlike the pensions which are based
    on hidden overtime..the only reason that the lawfirm
    contesting these expenses knows about it is because
    they were disclosed..but here is the difference the
    public doesn’t get to see how pensions become hundreds
    of thousands of dollars because the deals are made
    in the back rooms…in the lawsuit the judge gets
    to see everything and so does ken feinberg the same
    speical master who is handling the BP case..so your
    points are personal and irrelevant..bottom line is
    with Worby there would be no recover becaue the city
    didn’t want to pay..or maybe you think the city
    shouldn’ pay because your parents instilled values in
    you…

  39. an argument between two lawfirms over allocation
    That’s lawyer speak for “we padded our bill by half a million dollars”
    I love how this fraud edelman jumps all over cops and firemen for making legitimate pensions, then him and his crook friends try to steal $400,000. and YES it is stealing, just like when a slimy lawyer bills a client for an extra hour here or there that is stealing. I understand you had to check your morals at the door when you became a slip and fall lawyer, but you can not fool the well educated acid tounged bloggers! We see right through you!
    As for the $20 million dollars that you have been bragging about laying out, and it coming out of the attorneys’s pockets, now we find out that you people borrowed it at 18% interest which you planned on passing along to the dying heroes? c’mon man, get real!
    You may have nothing to do with this case, however your law firm does, and if you want to call it “unrelated to the subject” or “inappropriately billed”, in the real world, when you take $400,000 that you are not entitled to, whether you put it in your pocket, or you give it to your friend, it is called Grand Larceny, and it is a felony.
    Perhaps, for you people, $400,000 is not a lot of money (I think one of Edelman’s friends wrote off $400,000 in “business expenses” in one year, such as his mother in law’s mercedes, vet bills for his pet pot bellied pigs etc…) but to those sick and dying heroes, it is a large sum of money.
    Maybe I just don’t understand the culture of the slip and fall lawyer… Maybe it’s my parents fault for instilling values in me

  40. As an addition to my previous post. Edel-Woman claims that HIS firm has nothing to do with this case and that it’s Napoli Bern’s case, but this is an excerpt from the Weiner Whiner and Scumbag aka Worby Groner Edelman website…
    Currently, Worby Groner Edelman, LLP is representing more than 9,000 rescue, recovery, and clean-up workers who have suffered illness and disability in the wake of September 11. Our personal injury lawyers are fighting for clients in Westchester County, White Plains, and throughout New York in lawsuits that seek compensation for thousands of police officers, firefighters, sanitation workers, and others who have been harmed by exposure to toxic substances at Ground Zero. If you were part of the courageous force that helped this country recover and clean up after 9/11, contact Worby Groner Edelman, LLP today. You may be entitled to recover damages for the medical treatment and injuries you’ve received.

  41. Oh how your tune changes Edel-woman. In every other article where this has come up you have been in here defending tooth and nail YOUR law firm and trying to justify the egregious acts this firm has committed. Back in those articles you clearly stated your involvement in this case and tried to defend yourself to no end.
    Now that the sh*t has hit the fan, in typical coward fashion, you say that you have no involvement with the firm or the case. That’s laughable. Gee, that makes everything alright don’t it Edel-WOMAN.
    Oh and if anybody’s interested in the lack of ties this coward has to this firm you can check out their website…http://www.wgelaw.com/html/meet-our-attorneys.html#edelman.
    I guess law firms always put pictures of people who have nothing to do with their firm on their homepage. They also like to include said people in the “Meet OUR Lawyers” page. Sounds about right.
    DISGRACE.

  42. no the only point here is that this is an argument
    between two lawfirms over allocation of costs before
    a settlement is approved..no one is accused of stealing
    anything …the issue of whether the costs allocated
    to the lawsuit less than .05 of the total recovery
    is a reasonable cost associated with the suit is up
    to the judge….so there is no accusation of stealing
    there is an argument as to disbursements..and to the
    extent that all or part of the 400,000 should not
    be paid by the clients there will be an adjustment
    how quickly you all are to condemn the lawfirm that
    took all the risk..that established the connection
    between ground zero and the illnesses..that laid out
    over 20 million which it had to borrow to fund the case
    the clients all of them took no risk at all..(and
    half of them have no symptoms) they signed up to
    attempt to force new york city to release monies that
    were deposited and supposed to go to them in the first
    place..had mayor bloomberg not decided to fight the
    case they would have gotten compensation years ago..
    and what about the lawyers who defended the case and
    denied that there was any ground zero effects..they got
    200 million so far..,thanks to mike bloomberg..are they
    bloodsuckers to or just doing their jobs…bottom
    line is that all the money that is distributed in this
    case whether to the clients or to their attorneys will
    be done under the strict supervision of both a federal
    judge alvin hellerstein and a master non other than
    ken feinberg…and bottom line is that other than the
    fact that my name appears on the worby part of the law
    firm and there are two firms here…i have no connection to the case and no financial interest as
    a partner in the outcome. your suggestion that I am
    associated with a firm accused of stealing is 1. off
    the mark because no stealing has taken place the settlement has not been aprroved and 2. just as disturbing to me as it may be to others…but that’s
    a whole nother discussion unfortunately what happens
    in new york under the auspices of the napoli bern fern
    is something i have absolutely no control over and no
    input into

  43. of course, only he could try to defend stealing $400,000 from dead and dying heros “400,000 is not a lot of padding” tell that to the dead and dying heros whos pocket you guys stole the money from.
    I guess you have a guilty conscience over this whole thing… Why else would you be up at 3:22am defending these thieves?

  44. if the firm did anything untoward I don’t condone
    it..but just for the record although the name
    of the firm is worby groner edelman napoli bern
    the case is being run entirely by the napoli bern
    part of the firm…if they misapplied any billings
    to clients then a judge should reverse the costs
    and have the firm eat them…on the other hand out
    of 700,000,000 dollars 400,000 is not a lot of
    padding…also the posters on this site should know
    that I am not an equity partner in the firm and will
    not be receiving any percentage of the payout..hezi should have contacted me before writing the article
    to ascertain what my relationship to the firm in
    terms of equity interest in fact is…but in reality
    and in defense of what the worby firm has done in this
    case is that david worby took a case that no one
    thought had merrit and convinced mount sinai hospital
    to study the relationship between exposure to ground
    zero toxins and the respiratory ills that many ground
    zero workers were suffering..the city refused to recognize that ground zero caused the sickenesses and
    the city refused to distribute the one billion dollars
    to those who were made sick..in fact the city paid
    over 200 million in legal fees to defend the case to
    its own preferred attorneys..money that should have
    simply been given out to those responders made ill
    the worby firm then coupled with napoli bern in new york which had the manpower and ability to run the case
    properly….if napoli bern made errors in their expenses i am sure a judge will fix it..in fact judge
    hellerstein has already scheduled a hearing on that
    topic..and i personally am of the opinion that he will
    do the right thing..however bottom line is that if
    the worby lawfirm didn’t bring the lawsuit…the ground
    zero workers who are now sick..and dying would have gotten no compensation at all..the congress has done
    nothing and new york city fought all the way down
    the line until the judge forced a settlement…
    the lawfirm that is claiming 400,000 in expenses may
    or may not be right..but that 400,000 pales in comparison to the 700 million that will go to responders that they would not have gotten had their
    been no lawsuit

  45. Lawyers for 10,000 sickened Ground Zero workers padded their expenses by $400,000 – billing for flacks, lobbyists and so-called experts, court papers filed Monday charge.
    The law firm of Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern was accused of bulking up its bill to circumvent the 25% contingency fee agreement on a $712 million settlement hammered out for ill workers.
    “No World Trade Center responder should pay any of these costs,” said Andrew Carboy, whose firm represents 700 workers, most of them firefighters.
    Carboy’s firm, Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, filed papers in Manhattan Federal Court yesterday, laying out its rival’s questionable billing practices.
    The court papers contend that Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern wrongly portrayed more than $220,000 in lawyers fees as costs for scientific and medical experts.
    “This is not the case,” Carboy wrote in the court documents, explaining that one of the so-called experts lost his medical license and was deemed a “threat to public health.”
    A spokeswoman for Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern did not return calls.

  46. So Edelman, now your true stipes are revealed. You should be wearing stripes; prison stripes permanently. You, the paid apologist for dregs like Jeanine and Al Pirro, Nick Spano, and brother Mikey, Janet DiFiore, Phil Amiclown, and countless other political parasites, and bloodsuckers, should be locked up as a menace to society.
    You who would steal any way you could from the First Responders and their families, should be flogged for your shameless greed. It’s about time you were finally unmasked. Republican political commentator my ass. You are nothing but a self-serving weasel.
    It’s about time viewers contact Cablevision and complain that they have no business promoting an imposter the likes of you, particularly one as unprincipled as you are, stealing from 9/11 heroic responders and their loved ones. Go dig a hole for yourself in a dog park somewhere and jump into it. You won’t be noticed amongst the piles.

  47. Many intelligent posters on this sight have been saying it for a while, now they are proven right. Edelman is a thief. The worst kind of thief! Stealing from The dead and dying heros of the worst act of war ever commited on U.S. soil. Shame! Shame! Shame! on you and all those like you!
    Medelman tries to play himself and these other crooks up to be some type of savior for these dead and dying heros, but in reality, They’re making millions of dollars off of these heros, and as if that isn’t enough, They are trying to steal even more!
    They should all be disbarred and locked in a firehouse in NYC.
    This is a new low, EVEN for slip and fall lawyers!

  48. Ooohhh So Mikey Edelman is not only playing for Mike Spano but for Spano’s buddy Shelly as well… the story just keeps getting more interesting!

  49. hahahahahaha!
    the Amicone apologist!
    hahahahahaha!
    the Snoozes 12 commentator!
    hahahahahaha!
    creditability!
    ZERO.
    but we all knew that already– didn’t we?………
    I’m sending this on to Carl Paladino.
    Relatively certain he’ll rightfully have a blast with it.
    Stupid Bastards.

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