This podcast features Brooklyn Law School Professor Aaron Twerski who served as a special master in the federal 9/11 cases dealing with the injuries claimed by those involved in the clean-up of the World Trade Center site. Prof. Twerski relates the complexities of the litigation in the case of In re World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation, 456 F. Supp. 2d 520 (S.D.N.Y. 2006) and its subsequent 2010 comprehensive settlement that Judge Hellerstein approved with 99% of plaintiffs opting in. Prof. Twerski discusses the use of a database that incorporated a Severity Chart that ranked injuries according to relative severity. The database that proved to be a key factor leading to the resolution of more than 10,000 claims against New York City and its contractors.
Prof. Twerski joined the BLS faculty in 1986 after serving as interim dean at Hofstra University School of Law. He is a noted authority in the areas of products liability and tort law. In addition to the article Managerial Judging: The 9/11 Responders’ Tort Litigation which he discusses in the podcast, he has a long line of publications which are listed at this site.