September 11th Attacks

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Officers Accused of Fraudulent Claims for PTSD after 9/11

More than 100 retired police officers, firefighters and correctional officers are being charged with Social Security disability fraud for allegedly faking the extent of their disabilities to unlawfully obtain disability...more

New York World Trade Center Registry Reopened

After passage of New York Workers Compensation Law Article 8-A in August 2006, the window of opportunity for September 11 workers and volunteers who were injured or became ill to register a potential claim was extended to...more

What is the WTC Health Program?

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 has provided compensation to many 9/11 victims and their families, but the act has broader implications. The World Trade Center Health Program is another important...more

9/11-Related Lawsuits Against Terrorists

Filing a 9/11-related lawsuit against a terrorist organization may seem like a vain effort. But such litigation may in fact be an important part of our national healing process. Since those tragic events more than 12 years...more

The VCF Appeals Process

To improve the claims process, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund has increased its staff to 75, from 31 a year earlier. The biggest increases are in the number of document intake workers (now 25, up from nine a year...more

How Other Benefits Can Offset VCF Payments

The funds that Congress set aside for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund are finite, and the number of claimants increases every day. To ensure fairness and stretch the funds as far as possible, the VCF has adopted...more

Where Is the 9/11 “Crash Site” Defined in the Zadroga Act That Affects Victim Compensation?

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, signed by President Obama in January 2011, sets aside $4.2 billion for the World Trade Center Health Program to test and treat workers, volunteers and other...more

The ‘September 11' attacks and aggregation – more than one event

In the UK decision of Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Company Ltd v Heraldglen Ltd [2013] EWHC 154 (Comm), it was held that the ‘September 11' terrorist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center were two separate events...more

What to Do if Your WTC Health Claim Is Denied

To be eligible to receive free treatment for an illness under the Zadroga Act, your medical provider at the World Trade Center Health Program must submit an evaluation of your history and condition to the program...more

Deadline Déjà Vu for Comp Fund

It is simply human nature, indicated the director of a Washington-based victim-support organization, for people to put off taking action until a deadline looms. Just look at the tax-filing ordeal many put themselves through...more

Added Weight: Burden of Proof

Although it began payout to victims again in January of this year, the World Trade Center September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) will not likely ever be able to fully compensate each victim. While vested with over $2...more

Filing a WTC Claim on Behalf of a Deceased Victim

Shortly after the devastating September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC), the legislature created the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). That Fund, closed in 2004, provided about $7 billion in...more

Your WTC Claim: Make Sure It’s Done Right

In January of this year, initial payments were made to 15 claimants from the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The recipients were all first responders currently experiencing respiratory problems. Depending upon...more

File Your Claim for WTC-Related Illness Now

If you or a loved one were present on a World Trade Center (WTC) crash or clean-up site after the 2001 terrorist attacks and suffered injury or subsequent illness, you may be eligible for compensation. With the filing...more

Eligibility for VCF Benefits

The eligibility requirements for obtaining compensation for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund have changed. ...more

Terror Tactics: Report Urges Government To Use Financial, Immigration, Trade And Immigration Systems To Squeeze Theft Of IP

A new report on halting the theft of trade secrets and other intellectual property reads like a blueprint for fighting terrorism­—not surprising, given that it was co-authored by the nation’s former spy chief and a member of...more

New Research Points to Greater Cancer Risk For 9/11 Responders

We have talked extensively about the risk to workers and others exposed to environmental hazards at Ground Zero. A new study reflects the message of earlier research initiatives — exposure to carcinogenic materials during...more

9/11 and Mental Health

It is no exaggeration to say that the 9/11 terrorist attacks inflicted psychological and emotional trauma on Americans from coast to coast — and indeed, on people around the world. No one alive on that infamous day can ever...more

The Disturbing Truth About Asbestos

When it comes to asbestos, the advice of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can be summed up in three words: Do Not Disturb. The highly toxic building material poses no threat to those who must co-exist with it —...more

CERCLA’s Act of War Defense — Potential Collateral Damage

For the first time in CERCLA’s history, a court has concluded that a Superfund claim was barred by the ”act of war” defense. In that case, In Re September 11 Litigation, the judge ruled that a property owner a block from...more

Patton Boggs Reinsurance Newsletter- March 2013: English High Court Affirms Arbitration Award Finding That World Trade Center...

The English High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division (Commercial Court) has handed down a decision affirming an arbitral award holding that the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center arose out of two...more

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