As our first bureau chief, a wise and gifted man, would often say to us:
Last Friday, we blogged about how this Rakofsky fellow had done something very foolish. After being reported to have done some pretty bad lawyering, and being roundly disparaged by the blawgosphere as a result, he made things worse by shining a spotlight on it all and filing a lawsuit against everyone who’d written about him. This included the American Bar Association, the Washington Post, and most of the better blawgers out there. We pointed out how very foolish this was indeed. And (with tongue firmly planted in cheek), we bemoaned the fact that we’d missed the opportunity to have commented on his behavior the first time, and were so excluded from the honor roll named in his (very badly drafted) complaint. He could have let it all blow over, worked to rebuild his reputation, and maybe even have been forgiven for a newbie screwup. But he’d made it worse, screwing up even more.
Well, he’s screwed up again.
He and his lawyer Richard Borzouye (apparently a former member of Rakofsky’s own firm in… Connecticut? Really?) must have worked all weekend long. Because today, Tuesday, they served an amended complaint on the original 74 defendants… plus six or seven more. Including us! Apparently, if you commented on the original foolish complaint, you got added to the new one.
The allegations against us in particular are just dumb. A pithy commenter online summarized the allegations as that we “have brought the legal profession into disrepute by making fun of” Rakofsky and Borzouye. There’s more to it than that, however. According to the amended complaint, our Friday post was written “with malice and hate, in a grossly irresponsible manner,” and made us “actors in the intentional infliction of emotional distress.” You can’t make this stuff up. We tried to read the relevant paragraphs out loud to a paralegal, but were laughing too hard.
We couldn’t help but be reminded of this old sketch (which also used to have us in stitches way back in our misspent youth):
“The moon mocks me…” Cracked us up every time.
Anyway, if they thought our Friday post was mocking enough to warrant an amended complaint, we’re sure they’ll think the same about this one. (And all the other commentary that’s been posted by others today, as well.) So that’s probably going to lead to yet another amended complaint. And more apparent mockery. And more complaints. And so on. And so on.
Their process server will be pleased.