June 13, 2007

When Bob falls down

You know, if I slipped and fell at Randall's (which I'm forced to visit AT LEAST three times a week due to my inability to formulate complete lists) I'd be lucky if I got $10 off my bill on my NEXT visit. That's because I live in Texas where tort reform (AKA Screw The Consumer) has taken hold thanks to the Republicans in the Lege in 2003 (Hey there, Arlene!). Good thing Robert Bork wasn't in Texas when he slipped and fell. If he had been, he probably wouldn't have been able to file his lawsuit against a venue for $1,000,000 in damages.

Judge Robert Bork, one of the fathers of the modern judicial conservative movement whose nomination to the Supreme Court was rejected by the Senate, is seeking $1,000,000 in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages, after he slipped and fell at the Yale Club of New York City. Judge Bork was scheduled to give a speech at the club, but he fell when mounting the dais, and injured his head and left leg. He alleges that the Yale Club is liable for the $1m plus punitive damages because they "wantonly, willfully, and recklessly" failed to provide staging which he could climb safely.

What makes this really funny, aside from the failed Supreme Court bid? Judge Bork has been one of the leading proponents of 'tort reform'. For this our resident attorney, Harry Balczak, has nominated him for the Attorney General Greg Abbott Golden Wheelie Award. Which I KNOW Harry will be writing about shortly.

Posted by mcblogger at June 13, 2007 08:02 AM

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