Following up on last week’s post about litigious D.C. judge, Roy Pearson, more expressions of frustration:
How much do hard working Americans have to take from half-baked law suits? Just roll over and let greedy plaintiffs get their lucre? In the good old days, pirates were seen for what they were. Now apparently they dress up in thousand dollars suits and flash law school credentials while robbing anyone who annoys them.
Today’s legally insane headline comes courtesy of ABC News and the District of Columbia where an employee of the District government and an administrative law judge, is suing his local dry cleaner for $67 million for a lost or misplaced pair of suit pants. Click here to read this fantasy and the apparent glee with which the District employee is wrecking the business of some hard-working Korean immigrants, who are spending thousands just for their legal defense in this absurd case.
Litigation is out of control in the United States and it’s bad enough that it is undermining U.S. manufacturing and even making other countries more suitable sites for production. If you doubt that, read The Escalating Cost Crisis which looks at the costs of litigation and other structural costs imposed by government that tips the balance against making things here at home and supporting high-paying jobs. Some estimate the US sinks over $800 billion a year in such legal costs.
What are District court officials going to do about an employee who abuses local citizens and businesses for personal gain while sitting on the bench? Not to mention that judges are supposed to be hired for their good judgment. What does this case say about this judge’s judgment?
Moreover, what kind of legal system would even entertain such a law suit and not just toss it as sheer madness? As the ABC news article cited above says,
“People in America are now scared of each other,” legal expert Philip Howard told ABC News’ Law & Justice Unit. “That’s why teachers won’t put an arm around a crying child, and doctors order unnecessary tests, and ministers won’t meet with parishioners. It’s a distrust of justice and it’s changing our culture.”
UPDATE (By Carter Wood) (9:20 a.m.) A fine and timely letter from Sherman Joyce of the American Tort Reform Association opposing the judge’s reappointment. Our thanks to Walter Olson at overlawyered.com for the additional info.
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