The law firm that pocketed more than $100 million suing the city over Sept. 11 is trying to cash in on the just-passed Zadroga 9/11 health bill... Ads began popping up ... with the tease: "WTC Compensation Fund: Free Consultation. Call Us Today." Clicking on that link, though, doesn't take you to a do-gooder advice site. It leads to the website of Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern, the lawyers who represented most of the 10,000 9/11 plaintiffs and grabbed the bulk of the $150 million in contingency fees - about 25% - from the $625 million settlement.
A source said the firm also sent text messages to the phones of their 9/11 clients. Responders found the quick strike for new clients and paydays unsavory... "Ten million each, or whatever they each cleared, wasn't enough for them?" said John Feal, a Ground Zero construction worker and leading advocate... A source familiar with the legal dealings was disgusted the firm is using the Zadroga name to drum up business: "They really have no shame," the source said...
...Marc Bern, one of the top partners at the firm and a veteran class-action warrior, reacted angrily to the suggestion the speedy client-seeking is unseemly. He said the online ads didn't start running until the House voted on the bill - but the firm clearly was prepared to jump.
The high-tech ambulance-chasers are, as you might have predicted, heavy Democrat contributors.
Imagine how angry Bern would be if the news story noted how much he was giving to the same Democrats pushing this bill. Some $86,000 alone in the 2008 election cycle. Oh wait, he gave $1,000 to Peter King. The other $85,000 went to Democrats, who surely will reap the rewards come 2012. No coincidence Bern also lavished thousands on that ultimate ambulance chaser, John Edwards.
Am I the first to predict that Democrats will figure out a way to reward trial lawyers for their support via new immigration laws? Say, by allowing illegal immigrants to sue locales like Arizona for enforcing federal immigration law? Don't laugh: with this egregious crew, it's bound to happen sometime.