After the attacks of September 11, the federal government established a special no-fault Victims Compensation Fund to provide compensation for loved ones lost in the tragedy. One 9/11 widow sought compensation and then found her attorney wanted a whopping $2 million contingency fee. Feeling as though the demand was inappropriate, she sought the representation of Simmons, Jannace & Stagg to assist her in the matter. Simmons, Jannace and Stagg
prevailed in their argument that the federal court lacked jurisdiction in the matter and had the attorney's demand for the money stayed. As far as anyone can tell, this appears to be the first federal court decision centering on the VCF and attorney fees.