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Posted: 8/14/2007 8:43:12 PM EDT


www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN1445313320070814

Judge presses $54 mln suit over pants

Tue Aug 14, 2007 5:28PM EDT
By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday asked an appeals court to hear his $54 million lawsuit against the dry-cleaning shop that misplaced his trousers, shrugging off legal setbacks and international ridicule.

Judge Roy Pearson filed a notice of appeal with the District of Columbia Superior Court, indicating that he won't abandon the crusade that has turned him into a symbol of America's lawsuit-happy culture.

Pearson asked his neighborhood dry cleaners to pay him $1,150 when they misplaced a pair of trousers he brought in for a $10.50 alteration in May 2005. The owners of Custom Cleaners said they located the garment a few days later, but Pearson said the pair they offered him was not his.

Claiming that the shop's "satisfaction guaranteed" sign misled customers who, like him, were dissatisfied with their experience, Pearson sought $1,500 for every day that Custom Cleaners displayed the sign over a four-year period, multiplied by the three members of the Chung family, who owned the business.

He also sought $15,000 to rent a car to take his clothes to another cleaner for 10 years.

The judge hearing the case ruled in June that Pearson did not interpret the sign in a reasonable fashion.

The Chungs decided on Monday not to ask the court to force Pearson to pay their legal fees, according to their lawyer, Christopher Manning. Sympathizers donated enough money to cover the estimated $85,000 bill.

"Mr. Pearson had a choice today -- to make peace and acknowledge the Chungs' amazing generosity ... or to continue with this ridiculous case," Manning said in a statement. "Mr. Pearson, unfortunately, chose desperate irrationality over common sense."

Pearson did not return a call seeking comment.

Pearson could lose his job as an administrative judge for the District of Columbia, where he hears disputes involving the decisions of city government agencies.

The city has warned Pearson it might not reappoint him when his job comes up for review next month, according to The Washington Post.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 8:58:11 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 9:02:36 PM EDT
If he gets disbarred, can he file for unemployment?
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 9:06:53 PM EDT
This lawyer is a tool, but also the system is fucked if it cost $85,000 to defend yourself from a douche.

-JTP
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 9:09:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NonConformist:

Originally Posted By RealFastV6:
That piece of shit should be disbarred.


to say the least...


...and severely beaten.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 9:09:55 PM EDT
Unbelievable. I remember hearing about that looser a while back on CNN and thought that was the end of it.

Some people are just plain stupid. $54mil for a pair of paints? He should be shot.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 9:11:46 PM EDT
Aren't there SLAPP laws in place to prevent this shit? I will admit, that's one good thing California put forth
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 9:51:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JakeThePimp:
This lawyer is a tool, but also the system is fucked if it cost $85,000 to defend yourself from a douche.

-JTP


This is what throws me off on this case , the dry cleaners could have said they want a trial in front of a judge.

The judge would have thrown the case out .

Why didn't they do that instead of hiring a lawyer that also soaked them dry.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 9:52:45 PM EDT
what the christ

It's a pair of fucking pants.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 10:07:03 PM EDT

The judge would have thrown the case out.

What? That's ridiculous. It is a judge that is responsible for the lawsuit. Why would you think another judge would have more sense?z
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 10:58:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/14/2007 11:01:56 PM EDT by TheTracker]

Originally Posted By zoom:

The judge would have thrown the case out.

What? That's ridiculous. It is a judge that is responsible for the lawsuit. Why would you think another judge would have more sense?z


You think that another judge would have awarded the judge that filed this ridiculous law suit 50 million dollars and ruin his own career. I don't think so.

The judge that filed this had already been scorned by his colleges when he filed it.

The only one that made money was the lawyer who strung this out for the cleaners ,around $80,000.00 dollars worth
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 10:59:44 PM EDT
In my mind this is quite hilarious and amusing.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 11:01:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By justinwb:
In my mind this is quite hilarious and amusing.

Except you're not the one having to pay the legal fees from having to defend yourself from a
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 11:02:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TheCanuck:

Originally Posted By justinwb:
In my mind this is quite hilarious and amusing.

Except you're not the one having to pay the legal fees from having to defend yourself from a

Very true, I wont deny that. But the fact that this douche bag actually think he was wronged that bad is funny.
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