Anderson Cooper's Hole Causes Lawsuit

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    Feb 13, 2010 3:45 PM GMT

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    NEW YORK (AP) - An interior designer is suing CNN anchor Anderson Cooper after she took an unusual fall at an old New York City firehouse that he is converting into a new home.

    Killian O'Brien, of Brooklyn, says in her suit that she plunged 17 feet through the hole that once held the station's fire pole. The pole had been removed, but the hole was uncovered.

    The accident happened in September. Her lawyer, Neil Greenberg, says she is lucky to be alive.

    Cooper's spokesman declined to comment.

    The Manhattan firehouse was built in 1906. It was the former home of a unit of the Fire Patrol, a private firefighting organization backed by the insurance industry.

    O'Brien is also suing the developer of the building.




    From the NY Post:
    Globetrotting CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is often at the scene of danger, but he allegedly overlooked a potentially deadly hazard in the Greenwich Village firehouse he's converting into a new home.

    A 29-year-old interior designer is suing Cooper and the company owned by downtown architect and residential real-estate developer Cary Tamarkin after she fell through a hole that once accommodated a fire pole.

    "She's lucky she's alive," lawyer Neil Greenberg said of his client, Killian O'Brien, of Brooklyn.

    O'Brien fell on Sept. 22 while she was working at the former firehouse at 84 W. Third St.


    THE HOLE TRUTH: An interior designer is suing CNN anchor Anderson Cooper after she fell through a hole during the conversion of his 1906 firehouse.
    "The hole should have been securely covered," Greenberg said. "The poles were removed. Somebody opened up the coverings before she got there."

    A 17-foot fall can be fatal. The lawsuit calls O'Brien's injuries severe and permanent, but Greenberg declined to describe them in detail.

    The lawsuit, filed in November in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, seeks unspecified damages.

    Cooper declined comment through a spokesman, and Tamarkin could not be reached. Greenberg said he believed Cooper's lawyers were still investigating the matter.

    Through a holding company, Cooper bought the firehouse in September from the New York Board of Fire Underwriters for $4.3 million, and neighbors say he has been a regular visitor since then.

    One of his first moves was to hire Tamarkin, known for modern residential restoration and construction in the Village, the Meatpacking District and other trendy neighborhoods.

    O'Brien has worked for several companies that specialize in upscale interior design. She could not be reached yesterday.

    The firehouse was home to the insurance-industry-backed Fire Patrol 2 from 1906 until 2006, when it was disbanded. The New York Board of Fire Underwriters, which oversaw the fire patrol, held onto the building until it was sold to Cooper.

    He hasn't yet filed renovation plans with the city, but workers are already tearing down partitions and ripping out old plumbing fixtures.

    The building was nominated in January for a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, which, besides ensuring the preservation of its facade, would also give Cooper a slew of tax breaks.

    bill.sanderson@nypost.com



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    Feb 13, 2010 4:20 PM GMT
    money grubbing biaothche. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 13, 2010 4:22 PM GMT
    So, it's his fault she fell through a large and obvious hole?
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    Feb 13, 2010 4:34 PM GMT
    Pianist saidSo, it's his fault she fell through a large and obvious hole?

    It's his fault for being a "Vanderbilt".
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    (I agree. Sounds like a money-grubbing biotch)
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    Feb 13, 2010 5:18 PM GMT
    "Oh by the way, it used to be fuckin' fire station."
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    Feb 13, 2010 5:20 PM GMT
    I wouldn't sue if I slipped and fell in his hole
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    Feb 13, 2010 5:40 PM GMT
    TheIStrat saidI wouldn't sue if I slipped and fell in his hole

    Ha!
    So many great opportunities for inuendo. "What did Anerson do with that fireman's pole"?

    Here's a pic of the new digs.
    ACooper_Firehouse.jpg
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    Feb 13, 2010 5:51 PM GMT
    Maybe Cooper will build a ghost containment facility in the basement, and ride around in an old Cadillac ambulance, too, just like they did in "Ghostbusters."
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    Feb 13, 2010 6:02 PM GMT
    lolz....all the puns u can say outta that one icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Feb 13, 2010 6:06 PM GMT
    I'm impressed by his fashion sense. He always comes across as a bit reserved, so this home choice is a pleasant surprise.

    Regarding the lawsuit, it's logical that if the designer sustained injuries she should sue. Cooper most likely has insurance, which should pay if the designer wins. So, it's just a formality.

    I feel sorry for the designer. Money can't possibly compensate for a lifelong injury.
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    Feb 13, 2010 6:07 PM GMT
    Well she definitely has a viable claim under tort common law:

    "An invitee is a person who is invited onto property for business reasons, and would include customers of a retail store and job applicants. Property owners owe the highest degree of care to invitees to make sure they are safe from dangers on their property. Under this standard, a property owner not only has a duty to repair and correct known dangers, he also has a duty to reasonably inspect for, discover, and correct unknown hazards in those areas of the premises to which an invitee might have access."

    http://realestate.findlaw.com/home-health-and-safety/home-health-safety-premises-liability.html
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    Feb 13, 2010 6:13 PM GMT
    He lives in the meatpacking district.
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    Feb 13, 2010 6:15 PM GMT
    With that exterior how can you not think there's at least one gaping hole in that building?
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    Feb 13, 2010 6:26 PM GMT
    This thread gets the award today for "Most Misleading Thread Title" icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Feb 13, 2010 6:28 PM GMT
    Well, she wont be getting any more high-end commissions. I would think others will avoid her like the plague for fear that if she misstep at their renovation site she would sue them.
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    Feb 13, 2010 6:31 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidThis thread gets the award today for "Most Misleading Thread Title" icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


    Most exciting thread topic...
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    Feb 13, 2010 6:32 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidThis thread gets the award today for "Most Misleading Thread Title" icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

    "Anderson Cooper's Hole Causes Injury"

    "Anderson Cooper Sued Over His Uncovered Hole"
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    Feb 13, 2010 6:33 PM GMT
    I look forward to the next headline "Anderson Cooper's Hole Wins Lawsuit"


    and tonight on Anderson 360...we go deep into Anderson's hole and let YOU decide. Why? Cuz we're keeping 'em honest icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 13, 2010 7:01 PM GMT
    Caslon13000 saidWell, she wont be getting any more high-end commissions. I would think others will avoid her like the plague for fear that if she misstep at their renovation site she would sue them.


    A 29 year old businesswoman falls through a 17 foot hole and you think she's being petty?! The sensible thing for any homeowner to do would be to have insurance and use common sense in safeguarding dangerous areas - not to avoid hiring a designer, just because she suffered an injury. She's being hired for her creativity, not as a firewoman or a circus act.
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    Feb 13, 2010 7:04 PM GMT
    "Court Rules Anderson Cooper's Hole is an Attractive Nuisance"
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    Feb 13, 2010 7:05 PM GMT
    "Anderson Cooper's Hole Subject of Latest Media Frenzy"...Film at 11 icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 13, 2010 7:12 PM GMT
    Aren't fire poles located in alcoves? It's a fire station, things like hazards might stick out. I'd have to wonder what she was doing at the time.
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    Feb 13, 2010 7:17 PM GMT
    "Woman involved with Anderson Cooper's fire-pole hole, world gasps in shock."

    Interviews with confused neighbors and relatives at 10
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    Feb 13, 2010 7:22 PM GMT
    Well even though she fell into Anderson Coopers hole, I hope everyone realizes that home renovations can be a money pit icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 13, 2010 7:24 PM GMT
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    Caslon13000 saidWell, she wont be getting any more high-end commissions. I would think others will avoid her like the plague for fear that if she misstep at their renovation site she would sue them.


    A 29 year old businesswoman falls through a 17 foot hole and you think she's being petty?! The sensible thing for any homeowner to do would be to have insurance and use common sense in safeguarding dangerous areas - not to avoid hiring a designer, just because she suffered an injury. She's being hired for her creativity, not as a firewoman or a circus act.

    Ummm...not to put too fine a point on it, but where did I say she was being "petty." For christ's sake, read what's written. Whether she is justified or not, if she cant avoid a gaping hole in the floor, what might she trip over on another renovation site and sue about. I just think people will avoid her.....and that's what I said. USH.