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PostSubject: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Fri May 04, 2007 7:00 pm

Have you guys heard of this ridiculous story? This judge from D.C. is suing his dry cleaners for $65 million over a lost pair of pants which were eventually found. I feel so bad for the dry cleaners - they're immigrants from South Korea who came to the U.S. for a better life. How awful of this to happen to them. I could understand if they wanted to pay him back for losing his pants and for the inconvience but $65 million? Let's be reasonable here! At least this ridiculous case probably won't hold up in court. And a judge of all people! He will not be respected in any court after all of this is allover. Can you guys tell I'm pre-law? grinsmiley






WASHINGTON - The Chungs,
immigrants from South Korea, realized their American dream when they
opened their dry-cleaning business seven years ago in the nation's
capital. For the past two years, however, they've been dealing with the
nightmare of litigation: a $65 million lawsuit over a pair of missing
pants.

Jin Nam Chung, Ki Chung and their son, Soo Chung, are so
disheartened that they're considering moving back to Seoul, said their
attorney, Chris Manning, who spoke on their behalf.

"They're out
a lot of money, but more importantly, incredibly disenchanted with the
system," Manning said. "This has destroyed their lives."

The
lawsuit was filed by a District of Columbia administrative hearings
judge, Roy Pearson, who has been representing himself in the case.
Pearson did not return phone calls and e-mails Wednesday from The Associated Press requesting comment.

According
to court documents, the problem began in May 2005 when Pearson became a
judge and brought several suits for alteration to Custom Cleaners in
Northeast Washington, a place he patronized regularly despite previous
disagreements with the Chungs. A pair of pants from one suit was not
ready when he requested it two days later, and was deemed to be missing.

Pearson asked the cleaners for the full price of the suit: more than $1,000.

But a week later, the Chungs said the pants had been found and refused to pay. That's when Pearson decided to sue.

Manning
said the cleaners made three settlement offers to Pearson. First they
offered $3,000, then $4,600, then $12,000. But Pearson wasn't satisfied
and expanded his calculations beyond one pair of pants.

Because
Pearson no longer wanted to use his neighborhood dry cleaner, part of
his lawsuit calls for $15,000 _ the price to rent a car every weekend
for 10 years to go to another business.

"He's somehow purporting that he has a constitutional right to a dry cleaner within four blocks of his apartment," Manning said.

But
the bulk of the $65 million comes from Pearson's strict interpretation
of D.C.'s consumer protection law, which fines violators $1,500 per
violation, per day. According to court papers, Pearson added up 12
violations over 1,200 days, and then multiplied that by three
defendants.

Much of Pearson's case rests on two signs that
Custom Cleaners once had on its walls: "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and
"Same Day Service."

Based on Pearson's dissatisfaction and the delay in getting back the pants, he claims the signs amount to fraud.

Pearson
has appointed himself to represent all customers affected by such
signs, though D.C. Superior Court Judge Neal Kravitz, who will hear the
June 11 trial, has said that this is a case about one plaintiff, and
one pair of pants.

Sherman Joyce, president of the American Tort
Association, has written a letter to the group of men who will decide
this week whether to renew Pearson's 10-year appointment. Joyce is
asking them to reconsider.

Chief Administrative Judge Tyrone Butler had no comment regarding Pearson's reappointment.

The
association, which tries to police the kind of abusive lawsuits that
hurt small businesses, also has offered to buy Pearson the suit of his
choice.

And former National Labors Relations Board chief
administrative law judge Melvin Welles wrote to The Washington Post to
urge "any bar to which Mr. Pearson belongs to immediately disbar him
and the District to remove him from his position as an administrative
law judge."

"There has been a significant groundswell of support
for the Chungs," said Manning, adding that plans for a defense fund Web
site are in the works.

To the Chungs and their attorney, one of
the most frustrating aspects of the case is their claim that Pearson's
gray pants were found a week after Pearson dropped them off in 2005.
They've been hanging in Manning's office for more than a year.

Pearson claims in court documents that his pants had blue and red pinstripes.

"They match his inseam measurements. The ticket on the pants match his receipt," Manning said.


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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Fri May 04, 2007 7:28 pm

I heard about that. Isn't that about the most ridiculous bunch of garbage? I know that it's inconvenient for a pair of pants to be lost, but what a jerk. He apparently still hasn't learned what's really important in life.
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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Fri May 04, 2007 7:40 pm

Savannah wrote:
I know that it's inconvenient for a pair of pants to be lost, but what a jerk. He apparently still hasn't learned what's really important in life.

Really! I mean, $65 million?? The dry cleaners lost my pants once and I settled for $46 million.
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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Fri May 04, 2007 8:38 pm

That is absolutely ridiculous. They offered him money to replace his $1000 suit (which is ridiculous in and of itself), and that still wasn't enough for him. How terrible. Kinda like that saying - "absolute power corrupts absolutely". This "judge" is a prime example.




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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Fri May 04, 2007 9:05 pm

And former National Labors Relations Board chief administrative law judge Melvin Welles wrote to The Washington Post to urge "any bar to which Mr. Pearson belongs to immediately disbar him and the District to remove him from his position as an administrative law judge."

I hope they follow through on this!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Fri May 04, 2007 11:42 pm

Hi, Melissa. Wave I hadn't heard the whole story. Thanks for posting.

He's a lunatic! affraid That "judge" needs thearpy!!! And... :bash: ....along with a dash of.... :triciclekid:





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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Sat May 05, 2007 11:26 am

Rob wrote:
Savannah wrote:
I know that it's inconvenient for a pair of pants to be lost, but what a jerk. He apparently still hasn't learned what's really important in life.

Really! I mean, $65 million?? The dry cleaners lost my pants once and I settled for $46 million.

Oh you're just full of fun today, aren't ya? Why don't we go over to the old folks' home and grease the steps??
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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Sat May 05, 2007 2:38 pm

I really hope the lawsuit gets thrown out and he gets thrown out on his butt. Gimme a car, an alley and him in it on a dark night!



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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Sat May 05, 2007 8:22 pm

Now that's just plain ridculas and stupid. Just goes to show u people will do anything these days to make a dollar no matter who they hurt affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Sun May 06, 2007 1:39 pm

Savannah wrote:
Oh you're just full of fun today, aren't ya? Why don't we go over to the old folks' home and grease the steps??

Then can we take the bolts off the wheelchairs?? batEyes
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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Sun May 06, 2007 5:25 pm

Rhonda wrote:
And former National Labors Relations Board chief administrative law judge Melvin Welles wrote to The Washington Post to urge "any bar to which Mr. Pearson belongs to immediately disbar him and the District to remove him from his position as an administrative law judge."

I hope they follow through on this!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Mon May 07, 2007 5:51 pm

This is aweful.mad
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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Thu May 10, 2007 1:06 pm

I heard about this on Jay Leno.

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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Mon May 14, 2007 4:31 pm

What a pitty that I don't live in the USA...
If I would, I could try to sue the producer of my washing machine for all the lost socks, which mysteriously dissapeared during the cleaning process... And I would be sooo modest... 2 or 3 million dollars would be enough for me grinsmiley


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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Mon May 14, 2007 4:32 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Mon May 14, 2007 8:47 pm

Lol, yeah.

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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Thu Jun 07, 2007 12:11 pm

I just found this at the internet: Judge Now Wants Just $54M From Cleaner

I really hope that nobody will agree to clean his clothes in the future, so that this *&!#%* has to wash his pants by himself. banghead


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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Thu Jun 07, 2007 5:11 pm

:Hahaha: Rana! It would serve him right!
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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:35 pm

bawling bawlingbawlingbawling

The judge who's suing over his lost pants? He left the courtroom crying about the pants.....Those were the pants he wanted to wear on his first day on the bench.......WAAAAHHHHH! bawling

:Hahaha:

I know......now y'all think I'm so mean. batEyes
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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Wed Jun 13, 2007 7:48 am

If he ain't careful, they will be the pants they bury him in!!! :haha:



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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:17 am

Savannah wrote:
bawling bawlingbawlingbawling

The judge who's suing over his lost pants? He left the courtroom crying about the pants.....Those were the pants he wanted to wear on his first day on the bench.......WAAAAHHHHH! bawling

:Hahaha:

I know......now y'all think I'm so mean. batEyes

I don't think you're mean at all. I have a strong suspicion that the legal woes over the pants he wanted to wear on his first day as judge may have also sealed his fate as to how long he'll BE on that bench.
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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:37 am

Goodness, I feel like I'm in the twighlight zone when I'm reading about this matter. ROTFL


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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Sat Jun 30, 2007 2:28 pm

Well... you will be happy to know that the owners of the dry cleaners won this case! Yahoo! :woohooo:

Read it here: Dry Cleaner Wins :rockon:


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PostSubject: Re: Judge sues dry cleaners for $65 million over lost pants   Sat Jun 30, 2007 4:42 pm

GOOD! grinsmiley Applause

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