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$65M Pair of Pants

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  1. dveit

    dveit Well-Known Member VIP

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    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.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070503/...n_dollar_pants
     
  2. dveit

    dveit Well-Known Member VIP

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    Only in America....

    p.s. link is down, didn't realize how old the story was (May 03 2007)
     
  3. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    I saw this on the news. yet another frivolous lawsuit.

    it's even worse because it's being brought on by someone who is suppose to be a representative of our system and international diplomat. He should have higher standards than this.
     
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    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    What a dipshit. We need new legislation to protect small business owners from this crap. I'm going to be going into business for myself in about two years.. And this kind of stuff makes me think twice about it.

    Its one thing if someone loses a donor heart and causes the death of an individual.. but a freaking pair of pants? Give me a break!
     
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    its simple. just display signs like "We might lose your pants, sorry" and "Satisfaction is not guaranteed nor implied"


    make them in afunny font and people will laugh, and then you can't get sued either :)
     
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    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    Good. Glad to hear that the little guy can win for once.
     
  9. SlushboxTeggy

    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    I've said it before. In any case that money is the major issue, if the prosecuting party does not win, they should be kicked in the balls for the dollar amount that they were trying to acquire. A bit extreme maybe, but it would make asshats like this think twice about million dollar settlements over petty bullshit.
     
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    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    This country need serious legal system reform.
     
  11. dveit

    dveit Well-Known Member VIP

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    I think the kick-in-the-balls suggestion might have a stab at fixing it. :D

    I'd certainly think twice about it. That's a lot of kicks to my jewels.
     
  12. SlushboxTeggy

    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    Worse Case Scenario these assholes can't reproduce.
     
  13. phyregod

    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    Fixed it for ya.
     
  14. Black Widow g2

    Black Widow g2 *princess*

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    that's not all this country needs, but i agree it's at the top of the list. but, while we're at it, let's fix the education problem (especially here in CA)... so we don't have idiots like this within that legal system.
     
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