Dry Cleaner Wins In $67 Million Pants Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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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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