A Statement from the Lawyer for the Chungs, the Drycleaners

By December 18, 2008Briefly Legal

Christopher Manning, the D.C. attorney who represented the Chungs in the $54 million lawsuit brought by former Administrative Judge Roy Pearson, has issued a statement on behalf of his clients now that Pearson has lost his appeal:

Today the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled resoundingly in favor of the Chung family and denied Mr. Roy Pearson’s appeal of the case completely. The DC Court of Appeals held that the trial court correctly ruled that Mr. Pearson’s claims had no merit whatsoever.

Mr. Jin Chung said “We are very very happy with the result and thank everyone for supporting us. The past three years have been very difficult but we hope this nightmare is finally over.” The Chungs also hope the vague and often unfair DC Consumer Protection Act (which was the primary statutory basis for the lawsuit) will be changed so that others do not suffer like they did.

Mr. Pearson may request that the appeal be heard again by the entire panel of DC Court of Appeals judges and also may petition for an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is the Chung’s hope that Mr. Pearson will not attempt to appeal any further and will end his frivolous and baseless attacks on the Chung family.

The three and a half years this case has been pending and appealed have been very difficult for the Chungs. They lost two of their dry cleaning stores and their realization of the American Dream.

The Chungs simply want to quietly return to their one remaining small dry cleaning store at 7th and M streets and to rebuild their lives. 

Manning Sossamon law firm handled the appeal for the Chungs on a pro bono basis.


Earlier post: Roy Pearson Loses Appeal; Hung Himself Out to Dry (The original headline used the “hanged” past tense, which isn’t right, since we were trying to metaphorical, not murderous.)

More at the Blog of the Legal Times.

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