In September, Kirkland & Ellis partner Frederick Tanne sued his wife, her lover, and her father for giving him herpes. (We mentioned this lawsuit in passing in Morning Docket at the time of the complaint, and many of you complained about the item not getting its own post. Well, here you go!)
Tanne claimed to have discovered his wife’s infidelity when he found herpes-treatment medicine in their bathroom. According to the New York Post, Tanne got tested for herpes and “discovered he was infected with the incurable virus.” He sued his wife, accusing her of multiple extramarital affairs, and seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Mrs. Tanne’s dad is a doctor, and prescribed the herpes medication Valtrex to her. He denied his daughter had an affair. His explanation:
[Amy Tanne's father, Samuel] Messing denied that his daughter was infected.
“My daughter does not have genital herpes,” he said. “This is pure nonsense. I prescribed Valtrex for a cold sore on her lip. She never had a cold sore until she married him.”
He also denied that his daughter ever had an affair.
“He just wants to make things difficult for my family,” Messing said.
The doctor may be a reliable expert witness. The embarrassing twist in the case, after the jump.
Tanne may have been a little hasty in filing the suit against his wife. It looks like the glove doesn’t quite fit, and the infidelity shoe is on the other foot. (We love mixing metaphors, almost as much as Tanne allegedly loves mixing it up with herpes-infected ladies.)
Turns out Mrs. Tanne doesn’t have herpes. The latest from the New York Post:
White-shoe attorney Frederick Tanne, 47, filed suit against his wife of 22 years, Amy Tanne, 46, earlier this year, charging her straying had left him with Herpes Simplex Virus 2, an STD that caused him to suffer “pain, suffering, emotional, mental, psychological and physical injuries and loss of enjoyment of life.”
In court papers filed yesterday, Amy’s lawyer, Thomas Mullaney, said his client had a blood test last month and “presented as ‘negative’ for HSV-2, more commonly known as genital herpes, with which Mr. Tanne is allegedly infected.”
On the plus side, assuming her cold sore has cleared up, Mrs. Tanne can give Mr. Tanne the remainder of her Valtrex.
Taking a look at Tanne’s bio, we’re relieved for Kirkland’s sake to see he is involved in M&A and corporate restructuring, not litigation.