Settlement Details Offered in Rhode Island Club Fire Case

By | November 30, 2009

  • November 30, 2009 at 9:47 am
    wudchuck says:
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    now, if the average kid gets $202k, then if you look at the total package, the lawyer fees will add up to approximately $58 mil. funny, how the lawyers wind up with more money than the kids. in this case, the lawyers should have wound with only 1/30 and not 1/3 of the money. if you look at this how is $200k, enough for the kids? it might be enough for their continued education into college, but what about until then? who’s paying for clothes, food, roof over their heads, etc? this is why the lawyers win! the extra money can be set aside for a trust fund for the extra expenses these kids will need. the new families housing them, may or may not have enough funds, so i hope they are recieving assistance from the feds or state.

  • November 30, 2009 at 10:43 am
    Batman says:
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    Holy Vultures, Wudchuck! I couldn’t agree more. It is shameful that anyone should PROFIT due to a tragedy like this, as if the court couldn’t come up with a way to identify who should be included in the settlement and set the individual amounts. I don’t know of one damned plaintiff’s attorney who is living hand to mouth! This same profit motive drives up health insurance costs, just as it does for P & C. Whatever happened to Nobles Oblige?

  • November 30, 2009 at 12:31 pm
    UW says:
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    why society hates them so much. It might be a good idea in high profile cases such as this to reduce your fees to perhaps 15%.

    That would still be more than $26,000,000, surely enough to cover expenses and line their pockets.

    We need to begin the lawyer jokes that are cold and unfeeling again. I’ll start with the oldest:

    What do you call a bus full of lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good start!

  • November 30, 2009 at 2:53 am
    Howdy says:
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    Q: Whats the difference between a dead dog in the road and a dead lawyer in the road?

    A: Skid marks in front of the dog.

    Be sure to tip your waitress folks.

  • December 1, 2009 at 7:37 am
    Azekiel says:
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    Personal injury attorneys added NO VALUE to this case. It had value the minute the fire occured. There should have been one or two lead counsel and a court appointed special master to oversee the settlement process. This entire matter has been a legal charade (as usual)with guess who pocketing the money. As for the average GROSS award of @202,000(before atty fees and costs), it will probably end up being more like $135,000. That will make a real difference in a parentless childs life. Nice job personal injury attorneys.

  • December 1, 2009 at 8:57 am
    Fed Up says:
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    How many plaintif attys does it take to change a light bulb?

    None, they will sue the light manufacturer for having the audacity to make a light that simply did not last for the life of the attorney and then when they get money from our flawed legal system they will hire someone to change it for them.

  • December 1, 2009 at 12:15 pm
    Joe Mama says:
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    A lion sees another lion eating his own feces. “What the heck are you doing?” he asks his friend. His friend says, “I just ate a lawyer and I’m trying to get the taste out of my mouth!”

    Thank you, thank you. Try the veal.

  • December 1, 2009 at 12:27 pm
    proof reader says:
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    While I am in no way condoning such huge percentages for attorneys, this article does not state that THESE attorneys are collecting 30% of the settlement. it states:

    “typically one-third of the plaintiff’s total award”

  • December 1, 2009 at 12:31 pm
    wudchuck says:
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    right and typically 1/3 is 30%… so what is wrong?

  • December 8, 2009 at 1:12 am
    Hondo says:
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    Give the attorneys 17 million (still a nice payday) instead of 58 million and give these kids who have to live without their parents an additional 1 million a piece.



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