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Who Gets What: Fair Compensation after Tragedy and Financial Upheaval by Kenneth Feinberg

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OIL SPILL IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
“The Perfect Storm”
 
 
 
 
 
In my first several missions to determine who gets what—for the victims of Agent Orange, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the Virginia Tech shootings—the American people were on my side, an important ingredient in any recipe for success. It might take months, or even years, for the victims themselves to grudgingly acknowledge my compensation efforts as fair and reasonable. But the average Joe, the everyday American, was in my corner. Even when serving as the Treasury’s “pay czar,” I was David attempting to rein in the Goliaths of Wall Street, and so benefited from public support. This provided me with a certain degree of political immunity from the criticism of elected officials and ...

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