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New York - Families Of Cancer Victims Blast Ex-Speaker Silver; Say Illegal Scheme Was Costly

Published on: November 12, 2015 04:00 PM
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FILE - Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver exits the Manhattan U.S. District Courthouse in New York, November 3, 2015. REUTERSFILE - Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver exits the Manhattan U.S. District Courthouse in New York, November 3, 2015. REUTERS

New York - Families of cancer represented by the law firm of former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver are blasting the former pol, saying that being caught in the crossfire of his “illegal quid pro quo” scam cost them financially in their settlements.

NYPOST.com (http://bit.ly/1GYTySP) reports that in one case, Cape Cod, MA resident Andrea Rega—-whose father Aniello was one of dozens of patients referred to Silver’s Weitz & Luxenberg law firm by Columbia University Doctor Robert Taub in exchange for $500,000 in state research grants—-says she believes lawyers would have worked a lot harder on her father’s case if one-third of the money hadn’t been going directly to Silver.

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“I’m convinced the law firm would’ve worked much harder for my father’s case if they weren’t giving Sheldon Silver the 33 percent. That’s why the law firm wasn’t working as hard as they could — because somebody else was taking the money,” Rega said.

The feds claim Silver netted more than $3.3M off the scheme.


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 Nov 12, 2015 at 04:07 PM Ignorance Says:

Silver, I'm sure did not get the 33%. He definitely had to split it with the firm with the firm getting most of it. These people are mistaken about who got how much.

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 Nov 12, 2015 at 04:32 PM mewhoze Says:

I believe #1 is correct. in all such cases the law firm gets a percentage of the settlement. not sure how much. but its not done for free and lawyers don't take on cases unless they expect to win and make money

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 Nov 12, 2015 at 04:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Yes its heresay.

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 Nov 12, 2015 at 04:27 PM Aron1 Says:

Factually ambiguous. Silver wasn't getting 33% of the settlement money. He was at most getting 33% of the share that the law firm was getting. A common and legal practice.
Actually, it might spur the firm to work harder, so that it's share is increased to offset Silver's cut.
Very easy to find former clients with sour grapes. Doesn't make it a valid complaint or illegal.

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 Nov 12, 2015 at 08:31 PM Chaim Says:

Anyone has the right to get a finders or referral fee from a law firm.

If Mr Silver sent clients he was entitled to get a cut of the win. It's a no brainer.
The client doesn't have to like it and didn't have to chose this law firm. Claiming that the lawyers would have worked much harder if they didn't have to share is ridiculous, these type of lawyers make a percentage of what they win, this way they always have an incentive to put in their upmost best efforts.

So far I don't see what Silver did wrong.

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 Nov 12, 2015 at 10:41 PM Anonymous Says:

If Silver were not Frum, you would want him jailed. Same thing with Weberman and Rubashkin.

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 Nov 12, 2015 at 11:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Shelly it's OVER. Throw yourself on the mercy of the court. Bow out of Albany GRACEFULLY and enjoy your senior years in the Golden state, not in a rusted jail cell.

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 Nov 13, 2015 at 02:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

Shelly it's OVER. Throw yourself on the mercy of the court. Bow out of Albany GRACEFULLY and enjoy your senior years in the Golden state, not in a rusted jail cell.

"Throw yourself on the mercy of the court. Bow out of Albany GRACEFULLY and enjoy your senior years in the Golden state, not in a rusted jail cell."

The court is not thrilled with his antics thus far, nor the antics of his friends. Shelly has never been humble and is not about to start now. His suits are more expensive and better made than the judge's. Not a good idea to flaunt under the circumstances.

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