Finally! A little justice! When I reported on Judge Roy Pearson several weeks ago suing his dry cleaners for $65 Million there were several people who chimed in on the issue. Well, I’m happy to report that not only did Pearson lose the case, but he’s been ordered to pay all the legal fees of the defendant!
On top of that, his job is now in jeopardy and of course he is now infamous enough that no one is ever going to forget what he’s done.
Here is an excerpt from the Washington Post article by HenrÃƒÂ E. Cauvin and Joe Holley
The D.C. Superior Court judge who ruled that an administrative law judge deserved nothing in his $54 million lawsuit against a neighborhood dry cleaner over a pair of lost pants “chose common sense over irrationality,” said the attorney who represented the Chung family, owners of Custom Cleaners.
“Obviously, it’s a great day for the Chungs, and honestly it’s a great day for American justice,” attorney Christopher Manning said at a Monday afternoon press conference outside the Chungs’ store.
Delivering her decision in writing, Judge Judith Bartnoff wrote 23 pages dissecting and dismissing Roy Pearson’s claim that he was defrauded by the Chungs and their “Satisfaction Guaranteed” sign.
“A reasonable consumer would not interpret ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’ to mean that a merchant is required to satisfy a customer’s unreasonable demands or to accede to demands that the merchant has reasonable grounds to dispute,” the ruling said. ” . . . The plaintiff is not entitled to any relief whatsoever.”
It was a pointed rebuke of Pearson’s claim, and came with an order to pay the cleaners’ court costs. But even bigger troubles may loom for Pearson.
Financially, he could soon be on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees incurred by the owners of Customer Cleaners. Attorneys for the Chungs have said they will seek such payments, as well as sanctions against Pearson for bringing the lawsuit. Bartnoff said in her ruling that she would decide those issues after both sides have filed their motions, counter-motions and legal briefs.
Professionally, Pearson could find himself out of his $96,000-a-year job as an administrative law judge for the District government.
All that is certain right now is that he won’t be getting the multi-million dollar payout he demanded when he filed suit in 2005 against Soo Chung and her husband, the owners of Custom Cleaners.Originally, Pearson had asked for $65 million, but by the time the case went to trial two weeks ago, Pearson had lowered his demand to $54 million.
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