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Judge Suing City for Slip and Fall at Courthouse

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A Brooklynn judge is planning to file a $1 million slip-and-fall lawsuit against the city after he fell on a just-mopped floor on his own courthouse.

The judge, who hears civil cases – is even going after the courthouse cleaning lady who mopped the floors, according to legal papers.

The slip-and-fall occurred on November 9, 2007. The judge suffered a fractured knee and was forced to undergo surgery and physical therapy.


In his Jan. 31 notice of claim, he accuses the city of “negligently using a mop bucket and wringer” and “negligently using a mop and soapy water” to create a “dangerous and hazardous traplike condition.”

As a result of the lawsuit, city lawyers have requested that the judge, who routinely hears similar cases against the city, removes himself from all future cases involved the city, according to courthouse sources. City lawyers were unable to comment on the case.