This article shows what the true motivation of the plaintiff bar is- the almighty dollar! How is what they are doing here "working for the client"? Got to love the last quote about "relunctance to share in your good fortune"- the woman lost both her legs, and they consider it "good fortune".
This is how John Edwards made his fortune, lets keep that in mind.
They are Never mind a slice - ferry lawyers want slabs of pie
By JOHN MARZULLI
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Thursday, June 28th 2007, 4:00 AM
Attorneys who defeated the city's attempt to limit its liability in 2003's deadly ferry crash now want a piece of every victim's settlement.
The move by two law firms has sparked warfare in legal circles.
The city so far has settled 120 lawsuits for a total of about $28 million in the Staten Island wreck of the Andrew J. Barberi, which killed 11 and injured scores of others. Another 64 cases are pending, so the payout to the lawyers could be in the millions.
The Staten Island firm of Anthony Bisignano and maritime law experts Dougherty, Ryan, Giuffra, Zambito & Hession filed a motion in Brooklyn Federal Court yesterday seeking "a percentage of all sums recovered" - past and future. They want Judge Edward Korman to decide what the percentage should be. None of the two firms' own cases have been settled yet.
"The lawyers who filed this motion should be ashamed of themselves for attempting to obtain a windfall," said attorney Sanford Rubenstein, who represents five victims. "Instead of focusing all the energies of the lawyers on behalf of the clients they represent, there will now be a fee dispute."
Another lawyer involved in the litigation said the demand is a "black eye" on the legal profession.
The city had tried to use an 1851 maritime law to cap total damages at $14.4 million, the value of the ferry's hull.
The city is appealing Korman's decision not to put a cap on damages.
The firm Weisman & Calderon doesn't intend to fork over a penny of the $9 million settlement it negotiated for Tina Evans, who lost both legs in the accident.
"Your reluctance to share your good fortune is disappointing," Bisignano responded, according to court papers.