Tag: Judge Hellerstein

Hurdles Still Remain for Ground Zero Settlement

Oh, great ... "Judge Hellerstein said he would take a week to review the terms of the agreement and convene again next Friday to give his 'initial impressions' and to hear from interested parties, including plaintiffs. He also scheduled a formal "fairness hearing" on the agreement for April 12. Lawyers from both sides have said that the settlement does not require the judge's approval." Anyone who's watched the developments at 911truth.org and related sites knows the battles lost by one 9/11 victim's family after another in trying to get their case heard by Judge Alvin Hellerstein. A search on "Hellerstein" at 911truth.org brings up just a bit of this outrageous history, for further reading.

Lawyer says just 1 9-11 victim’s family likely to air evidence from WTC attacks at civil trial

by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press Writer LATimes NEW YORK (AP) -- Nearly completed settlements of two of the remaining three lawsuits brought by families of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks are likely to include...

Judge defends pretrial secrecy of 9/11 documents

Surprise! Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein, Southern District of New York (whence have come Giuliani, Spitzer, Hauer, Freeh, Mukasey, ... )says he "favors" keeping 9/11 secrets ... And gosh, it's worked so well for the defendants (aviation companies) thus far: "the confidentiality agreement speeded a pretrial process that enabled more than 90 families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to settle their cases." (emphasis added) Hellerstein is previously quoted as saying his "job" is to get these cases settled. Really? A judge's job is to settle cases? Even if discovery and a trial is needed to determine accountability? How does 'getting plaintiffs to settle' lead to justice? These families who settled their cases (after years of fighting for disclosure) means there's now no need for discovery, and certainly allays anyone's fears that "secrets" might be made public. Guess Hellerstein is doing a good job, given his definition of his duties...

Court Clears Way for 9/11 Illness Lawsuit

By Joseph Goldstein, Staff Reporter of the Sun March 26, 2008 A federal appeals court has refused to give New York City immunity from the lawsuits of thousands of city workers and construction laborers who say...

Developer (Silverstein) Sues to Win $12.3 Billion in 9/11 Attack

March 27, 2008 By Anemona Hartocollis Larry A. Silverstein, who has won nearly $4.6 billion in insurance payments to cover his losses and help him rebuild at the World Trade Center site, is seeking $12.3 billion...

Settlements Do Not Deter 9/11 Plaintiffs Seeking Trials

  And so the emotional blackmail continues... The remaining 21 9/11 victims' families who have chosen to not take Victims Compensation Fund money or settle their lawsuits (originally numbering 95), continue to fight for transparency, accountability, and, especially, discovery--the one thing they're apparently not allowed to have.   Judge Alvin Hellerstein continues to allow defendants to stall and delay any real discovery in the case by making an unusual ruling that the case will now proceed to determination of damages before liability is even assessed. Of course, this ruling in pursuit of expediency conveniently circumvents the process of discovery, whereby the hundreds of documents requested by the plaintiffs would be disclosed to their attorneys. This strategy continues to be effective, with very few family members remaining with the perseverance to continue fighting this circumspect process. We challenge attorneys across the US to review these proceedings and find precedent for these questionable tactics. Is this really the state of our judiciary, that independent branch of government Constitutionally mandated, and all that's left to these families?   Critics continue to assail the motives of these remaining 21 families, and accuse those who demand disclosure of, essentially, aiding "terrorists" on the grounds disclosure will make us "less secure." As if not knowing about potential weaknesses makes us somehow more secure in the future... if we don't see it, it must not be dangerous.   Given the current level of anti-US outrage in response to 1.2 million Iraqi deaths and 4 million Iraqi refugees, thousands of Afghani deaths, and current sabre rattling against Iran, it seems that correcting potential security vulnerabilities is certainly prudent now, more than ever. So why the reticence to honestly assess our situation?