Dry Cleaner Wins In $67 Million Pants Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A judge in Washington, D.C. has ruled in favor of a dry cleaner that was initially sued for $67 million over a missing pair of pants.

Roy Pearson sued the owners of Custom Cleaners because Pearson said the cleaners lost an expensive pair of his pants. Pearson was originally seeking $67 million dollars, but reduced the amount to $54 million. He based his claim on his strict interpretation of the city's consumer protection law.

A lawyer for the family that owns the cleaners says his clients misplaced the judge's pants but soon found them. Chris Manning also said Pearson has a history of filing egregious lawsuits.

Pearson has represented himself at trial. He says he has pursued the lawsuit in the interest of Washington, D.C. residents.

The judge found he didn't have a pants leg to stand on -- and instead ordered Pearson to pay up. He has to pay the dry cleaner's court costs.


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  • by Barbara on Jun 29, 2007 at 11:00 AM
    Good. What a joke to our judical system. What a waste of time and money to our taxpayers. He should have to pay more than the court cost.
  • by Nanook Location: Alaska on Jun 26, 2007 at 06:46 PM
    And people wonder why the USA is called the "Lower 48."
  • by lee Location: ga on Jun 25, 2007 at 07:00 PM
    i think the judge that let it even go to court should pay
  • by L Location: Bedford,tx on Jun 25, 2007 at 09:54 AM
    This lawyer should be disbarred. How horrible to put these innocent people through this. Keep track of this lawyer and see how much $$ he actually pays now that he has to. I hope they file a counter claim to acquire reccompence for all of his damage... I've been incensed about this for so long. What a waste of taxpayers money and everyone's time. How very sad indeed.
  • by Wayne Location: Canada on Jun 25, 2007 at 09:46 AM
    Only in the good old USA ... eh.
  • by adriana Location: fort irwin, ca on Jun 25, 2007 at 08:52 AM
    THIS IS JUST PLAIN SICK...SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON THIS "SO-CALLED" JUSTICE SYSTEM WE HAVE.
  • by Quang Location: Los Angles on Jun 25, 2007 at 08:35 AM
    What a shame to the Law Professions in DC. I think the taxpayer in DC should asked this moron judge to pay the last two year's court cost, and he should be disbar for life.
  • by tony Location: pompano on Jun 25, 2007 at 08:13 AM
    when the citizens of this country engage in absurd conflicts such as this, it explains why the fabric of our society is unraveling....it is pitiful that the "logic" people are using, in the courtroom, on television, is actually a type of insanity.
  • by Wesley Location: Greenfield Ma. on Jun 25, 2007 at 08:08 AM
    Thank God for this verdict. I feel sorry for the family.I don't understand how he Pearson can sleep well at night, knowing what he has done or how he can look at himself in the mirror. I am an African American and I feel ashamed for the first time of a black professional person.To say he did this in the interest of Washington D.C. residents is an affront unless there is something about the cleaners that is not being told- like they were prejudicial to other people of color. If that is not the case then his action in fililng is inexcusable.
  • by Michael Location: Pittsburgh, PA on Jun 25, 2007 at 08:04 AM
    This judge should be tossed from his seat on the court. He is an idiot with delusions of granduer who believes he can use the law to screw people. He needs to be stripped of his cloak, his seat and his salary and his pension, perhaps even jailed. How knows what has been crossing his mind while deciding cases. This type of misuse of the law needs to stop. Dis-bar the clown as well.
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