Judge Sues Cleaners for $65M Over Pants

May 3, 2007

A judge is suing a dry cleaner for $65 million for losing a pair of his pants. The case started two years ago in May 2005 after Roy Pearson Jr. became a judge and brought several suits for alterations to Custom Cleaners in Washington.

Two days later, Pearson requested his dry cleaning, and a pair of his pants were missing. He asked that the owners of the business, Jin Nam Chung and Ki Chung and their son, pay $1000, the full price of the suit, to replace the pants.

A week later, the Chungs said the pants had been found and refused to pay, but Pearson insisted that the pants were not his and decided to sue. According to the Chungs' lawyer, Chris Manning, they have offered three settlements of $3,000, $4,600 and $12,000.

Pearson refused the settlement offers and expanded the amount of his lawsuit. In his lawsuit, Pearson asked for $15,000, the cost of renting a car every weekend for 10 years, so that he could go to another business for dry cleaning.

The majority of the lawsuit stems from Pearson's interpretation of the consumer protection law, which imposes fines of $1,500 per violation per day. Pearson counted 12 violations over 1,200 days and multiplied the number by three defendants.

The case is set for trial on June 11th.


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