Robert Bork is suing the Yale Club of New York City for $1,000,000 plus punitive damages. The former federal appeals court judge and failed nominee for the Supreme Court slipped and fell while ascending a dais at the Yale Club. Although he did hurt his left leg and head, he went on to deliver a speech. You can read his complaint here [pdf].
To call this ironic fails to capture the full scope of its absurdity.
For those who don’t know, Bork has spent his career denouncing "lottery-like windfalls" offered by juries to injured victims. That he is now seeking such a large sum in compensatory and punitive damages is baffling. Perhaps this is a sign he is mellowing with old age.
A leading proponent of tort reform, Ted Frank, is equally puzzled by this: "I find Judge Bork’s slip and fall suit against the Yale Club embarrassingly silly… it’s beyond me what his lawyers are thinking in asking for punitive damages."
We wish Bork a speedy recovery and a fair trial.