I was reading the details on the story of a lawsuit that's been making the rounds of the news lately-- Roy Pearson, a Washington D.C. judge is suing a cleaners owned by Soo and Jin Chung for $54 million over an allegedly missing pair of pants.
The couple who own the cleaners offered to compensate the plaintiff, who is a judge, 100% for the $1,150 suit. When he persisted in his lawsuit, they offered him $3000, then $4,600, and finally, $12,000.
The story is infuriating-- I love how the plaintiff points out that he reduced the lawsuit amount from $57 million, to only $54 million.
He also tried to corral neighbors into making the suit a class action suit. Fortunately, it appears someone else has involved in the case has good sense-- the judge of the case. The District of Columbia Civil Judge Neal Kravitz angrily refused this, stating:
"The court has significant concerns that the plaintiff is acting in bad faith and with an intent to delay the proceedings," the judge wrote in court papers. "Indeed, it is difficult to draw any other conclusion, given the plaintiff's lengthy delay in seeking to expand the scope of the case, the breathtaking magnitude of the expansion he seeks, his failure to present any evidence in support of the thousands of claims he says he wishes to add, and his misrepresentation concerning the scope of his first amended complaint."
Some of the details of the suit are priceless-- Pearson having to leave the witness stand in tears; his attempt to bring 67 witnesses; and my favorite-- the fact that people reading about this have set up a legal defense fund, to help these poor people with the thousands of dollars they have spent fighting this frivolous lawsuit.
Here's my fondest hope, if there is real justice in this case:
- Judge Kravitz rules against Pearson, denying him even a dime of "compensation."
- Judge Kravitz imposes sanctions on Pearson for filing a frivolous lawsuit.
- That Judge Kravitz also rules that Pearson has to recomenpensate the Chungs for the money they've spent fighting the lawsuit.
- Pearson's superiors realize that he's abused his judicial powers and fire his lame ass.
- The Chungs make so much money with people donating their legal defense fund that they are able to retire. They close their cleaners, the only one in the neighborhood (this was one of the rationale for the suit), and Pearson becomes a widely reviled figure in his neighorhood.
You can donate to the Chung's fund at: