The Legacy of the 9/11 Fund and the Minnesota I-35W Bridge-Collapse Fund: Creating a Template for Compensating Victims of Future Mass-Tort Catastrophes

76 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2010

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Michael K. Steenson

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Joseph Michael Sayler

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to analyze and compare the 9/11 Fund and the Minnesota bridge-collapse compensation scheme for purposes of illustrating the necessary components of any future compensation schemes legislatures consider adopting in cases involving other catastrophes. This article first sets out the primary issues that must be addressed when considering a compensation scheme. It then examines the choices made in the 9/11 Fund and Minnesota’s bridge-collapse compensation scheme. A brief comparison of the two compensation schemes follows to provide the framework for considering the components of future compensation schemes.

Keywords: torts, damages, remedies, insurance, disaster law, 9/11, September 11, bridge collapse, Minnesota law

Suggested Citation

Steenson, Michael K. and Sayler, Joseph Michael, The Legacy of the 9/11 Fund and the Minnesota I-35W Bridge-Collapse Fund: Creating a Template for Compensating Victims of Future Mass-Tort Catastrophes (2009). William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 35, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1703030

Michael K. Steenson (Contact Author)

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Joseph Michael Sayler

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