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September 24, 2012

Colo. Names Kenneth Feinberg to Oversee Aurora Funds

The Washington, D.C., attorney who managed the Sept. 11 victims' fund and other compensation cases arising from crises and tragedies will oversee distribution of donations to aid victims of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting, says the Denver Post.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Kenneth Feinberg on Friday to manage to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund following complaints from the families of those killed or wounded in the July 20 attack about slow disbursement of the more than $5-million contributed to the fund.

About $350,000 has been distributed to victims and their families since the shooting. Earlier this month the families asked the governor to replace the Community First Foundation, a Colorado-based charity, as administrator of the fund.

Mr. Feinberg has been termed the "Great Decider" for his roles in overseeing payments associated with 9/11 victims, the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, and the 2010 BP oil spill. He was hired Thursday by Penn State University to help settle personal-injury claims related to the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal.

"I am doing what millions Americans would do if asked. I have had some experience doing this, so I get the call," Mr. Feinberg told reporters Friday, adding that he would seek to deliver funds to the Aurora victims "quickly without restriction."