Analysis of H.R. 847: 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

16 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2009

Date Written: March 31, 2009


This is my statement to the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law and the Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties of the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States House of Representatives, March 31, 2009, regarding proposals to expand the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.

The September 11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 (VCF) was a uniquely successful short-term administrative program to compensate victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks while limiting litigation against innocent third parties who had also been victimized by the attacks. Unfortunately, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009 (H.R. 847) in its current form, while an improvement over earlier versions of this legislation, fails to fully protect innocent third parties from unfair litigation, does not have many of the advantages that made the VCF successful, and magnifies the disadvantages and fairness problems of the VCF.

Keywords: terrorism, ground zero, new york, causation, settlement, fraud, indemnification, napoli, napoli bern, mass tort

Suggested Citation

Frank, Theodore H., Analysis of H.R. 847: 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (March 31, 2009). Available at SSRN: or

Theodore H. Frank (Contact Author)

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