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Tort Reform – Except when you are the one injured

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All we have heard the last few years from the administration as well as other social conservatives is that personal injury attorneys are evil and causing unrealistic insurance premiums. These arguments are unsupported by the research however that issue is for another article. Rather, it has become apparent that the preaching only applies to those other than the preachers. Recently, Robert Bjork, who was once a nominee to the Supreme Court and one of the fathers of the tort reform movement filed a lawsuit for One Million Dollars as a result of a slip and fall at the Yale Club in New York City. A few years ago a family member of Tom Delay was likewise injured and he too filed a lawsuit.

As indicated by the article:

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.

http://www.acsblog.org/economic-regulation-employment-leading-conservative-activist-seeks-punitive-damages.html

Therefore, the moral of the story is clear, that these individuals do not practice what they preach.