Larry Silverstein, the lease holder of the World Trade Center Towers, claimed to be so devastated by the events of 9/11 and the deaths of four of his employees that he could not focus on insurance or financial matters until “perhaps two weeks later.”

However according to journalist Steven Brill, on the evening of 9/11 Silverstein was already calling his lawyers to see if he could make a double claim on his WTC insurance policy.

See the 9/11 Timeline entry on Silverstein’s call regarding insurance on the evening of 9/11.

In Steven Brill’s book, After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era, he states that:

“Real estate developer Larry Silverstein was on his way to a dermatologist on the morning of the 11th, instead of the Trade Center—the multibillion-dollar complex where he had leveraged a $14 million personal investment in a partnership that owned the leasing rights to the buildings into bragging rights as the complex’s putative owner. Silverstein would tell the author five months later that he was so shocked and sickened by the destruction and by the loss of four of his employees that morning that he did not think he focused on issues like insurance or finances until “perhaps two weeks later.” In fact, according to his own lawyers, by that evening he was on the phone with them worrying whether his effort to shave costs when he’d bought insurance would now come back to hurt him, or whether his insurance policies could be read in a way that would construe the attacks as two separate, insurable incidents rather than one. The difference was roughly $3.55 billion versus $7.1 billion—the kind of gap corporate litigators dream of.”

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