Who Gets What: Fair Compensation after Tragedy and Financial Upheaval

Who Gets What: Fair Compensation after Tragedy and Financial Upheaval

by Kenneth R. Feinberg


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Agent Orange, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the Virginia Tech massacre, the 2008 financial crisis, and the Deep Horizon gulf oil spill: each was a disaster in its own right. What they had in common was their aftermath — each required compensation for lives lost, bodies maimed, livelihoods wrecked, economies and ecosystems upended. In each instance, an objective third party had to step up and dole out allocated funds: in each instance, Presidents, Attorneys General, and other public officials have asked Kenneth R. Feinberg to get the job done.

In Who Gets What?, Feinberg reveals the deep thought that must go into each decision, not to mention the most important question that arises after a tragedy: why compensate at all? The result is a remarkably accessible discussion of the practical and philosophical problems of using money as a way to address wrongs and reflect individual worth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586489779
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 637,736
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kenneth R. Feinberg, one of the nation's leading lawyers, has been front and center in some of the most complex public legal disputes of the past three decades: Agent Orange, asbestos, the closing of the Shoreham Nuclear Plant, and now, 9/11. A former prosecutor and member of two Presidential Commissions, he is also adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and New York University. He lives in Washington D.C.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xiii

1 The Professor, the Judge, the Lawyer, and the Senator 1

2 Agent Orange 23

3 The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund 41

4 The Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund 63

5 Paying Wall Street Executives 85

6 Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico 125

Epilogue 185

Appendix 201

Index 205

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