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NATURE OF THE ACTION 1. This is a personal injury action brought against Defendant Yale Club of New York City (the “Yale Club”) for its negligent and grossly negligent failure to maintain reasonably safe facilities. PARTIES 2. Plaintiff Robert H. Bork is a resident and citizen of Virginia. He was injured while visiting the Yale Club in New York, New York, to give a speech at an event there on June6, 2006. 3. Defendant Yale Club of New York City is a private club with its principal place of business at 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, New York 10017. The Yale Club offers guestrooms, restaurants, athletic, banquet and meeting facilities for its members and their quests. VENUE AND JURISDICTION 4. This Court has subject matter jurisdiction over this action based on diversity of citizenship, pursuant to 28 U.S.C $ 1332. 5. Venue is proper in this District, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. $ 1391(a) . FACTUAL ALLEGATIONS 6. On the evening of June 6, 2006, the New Criterion magazine held an event (the New Criterion event) at the Yale Club. The New Criterion invited Mr. Bork, among other guests, to deliver remarks at the event. 7. The New Criterion hosted the event in banquent room at the Yale Club. As the host of the event, the Yale Club provided tables and chairs where guests could sit during the reception and the evening’s speeches. At the front of the room, the Yale Club provided a dais, atop which stood a lectern for speakers to address the audience. 8. Because of the height of this dais, the Yale Club’s normal practice is to provide a set of stairs between the floor and the dais. At the New Criterion event, however, the Yale Club failed to provide any steps between the floor and the dais. Nor did the Yale Club provide a handrail or any other reasonable support feature to assist guest attempting to climb the dais.
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  • Summer '17
  • Prof. Oduor
  • Law, The New Criterion, yale club, Robert H. Bork

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