$67 Million Lawsuit Over Lost Pants Goes to Court

June 12, 2007

The judge, who is suing a dry cleaners for millions of dollars after they lost a pair of his pants, started his opening statement in court Tuesday.

Roy Pearson, a D.C. administrative judge, has dropped the amount of the lawsuit and is now only seeking $54 million. He says that he's acting in the interest of all D.C. residents.

In the opening statements of the civil trial Tuesday, Pearson claimed signs at Custom Cleaners that read "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and "Same Day Service" were misleading to thousands of customers.

The signs have since been removed. Pearson called several witnesses who each testified that they stopped going to those cleaners after a routine mishap.

A lawyer for the Chung family, which owns the cleaners, says the
family misplaced the judge's pants but soon found them. Chris Manning also says Pearson has a history of filing egregious lawsuits.

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