suing their pants off

Posted on May 4, 2007

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No wonder lawyers have such a bad rap.

No thanks to low-lives like Roy Pearson, an administrative law judge for the District of Columbia who is suing his local dry cleaners for an exorbitant $65 million for misplacing his pair of pants which he brought in for alternations 2 years ago.

He arrived at the amount by citing the “mental suffering, inconvenience and discomfort” from the incident, the cost of weekend rental car payments clocked up for transporting his dry cleaning elsewhere and the hours he put in towards representing himself on the case. The sum also comes from Pearson’s interpretation of DC’s consumer protection law, which fines violators $1,500 per violation, per day, which he further multiplied by three, for the three defendants of the dry cleaner’s family, the Chungs, immigrants from South Korea.

Though the pants turned up later, he denied there were his, claiming that the Chungs were trying to pull one on him. Pearson also repeatedly turned down offers of compensation from the Chungs.

What kind of shamelessly greedy, morally reprehensible and entitled person is Pearson? What makes him think he has any right to the ridiculous and frivolous claims he is making?

To highlight the level of his vitriol, Pearson wasn’t satisfied with just making himself the plaintiff. He sought to expand it to a class action suit, but was thankfully denied by a DC civil judge.

This smacks of a flagrant abuse of power of someone who knows the system and works it to his advantage. Taxpayers in DC ought to demand investigations into whether Pearson was spending office hours building his absurd case.

Suits like his are an abuse of the judicial system, clogging it up when there are more urgent, and deserving, cases to be pursued, wasting everyone’s time. It’s also a classic example of the rampant number of suits demanding excessive liability in the US.

Just imagine the amount of distress and trouble this is causing the Chungs. They have been so overwhelmed by the whole episode they were talking of returning to Seoul. But the Chungs ought to fight back. Counter sue, on the grounds of the loss of business, stress and the legal costs incurred. Pearson should be made to pay restitution to them.

Oh yes, Pearson should also be denied of the services of dry cleaners. Ever again.

One more thing – disbar Pearson and fire him. His severe lack of judgment in this whole sorry saga is justifiably sufficient to show how unfit he is for his job.

Help the Chungs here.

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