Pantalunacy: Judge Pearson and the Drycleaners

By June 13, 2007Briefly Legal

The legal excesses, i.e., excrescences of one D.C. administrative judge, Roy Pearson, have finally burst beyond the Washington, D.C., media to sweep the nation by silly storm, thanks to the opening of the civil trial. Turn on the TV here in Bismarck and there’s ABC’s Jim Avila, telling the story of the judge who sued his drycleaners for millions of dollars because they lost his pants. (Previously recounted here.)

Even the trial lawyers are (mockedly) outraged, Avila reports:

“It’s outrageous and it’s shameful,” Bill Schulz, spokesman for the American Association for Justice, the largest trial lawyer group in the nation, told ABC News. The A.A.J. filed a complaint about Pearson recently with the District of Columbia bar association.

(Interesting. The broadcast news last night had Schulz representing the American Trial Lawyers Association. Apparently some editor recognized after the show that the group had changed its name to hide its reputation, although, of course, they remain more interested in representing trial lawyers than justice.)

Anyway, the DCist blog has a quick and dirty and link-rich summary — we can get that dirt out for you — of the trial, with the big news being Pearson’s crying over the lost pants, his weight gain and painful divorce. What, did the cleaners forget to let out the waist by an inch?

The Washington Post’s Marc Fisher reported on and is now blogging the (boring) proceedings.

We’ll check back with a summary once justice is done.

Oh, right, too late for justice…at least for the poor Chungs and Custom Cleaners.

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  • I can’t believe this judge got a trial over this. It makes America the laughingstalk of the world. Valid cases are being disposed of through dismissals and summary judgments. For instance, my son has been trying to get a trial for seven years! He has a very good medical malpractice case. He has permanent impairment due to the hospital treating him for a dislocation when really his arm was broken, necessitating surgery for a fracture that couldn’t be detected in the original x-rays. Res ispo loquitor, or the thing speaks for itself. He has no attorney. His attorney dropped him after an unfavorable vote of the medical panel. It’s a requirement that you go before this panel here in Maine before you can file a med malpractice lawsuit. I helped him respond to the motion for summary judgment, but the judge ruled against him so now in order to get a trial we must win the appeal. It’s like our lawyer skills are on trial instead of what should really be on trial… the physician’s and hospital’s medical skills. I’ve written about this and other scandal in my state. My book is proof of failed or failing fast judicial and political systems!

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