The Pants Were Returned, but the Job Was Not

By July 28, 2009Briefly Legal

The Examiner reports that a federal district court judge has rejected former D.C. Administrative Law Judge Roy Pearson’s appeal to be restored to his job. Pearson is known worldwide (Iceland!) for suing his drycleaners for $54 million because they supposedly misplaced a pair of Hickey-Freeman suit pants and then caused him pain and misery. From “Pants suit judge loses shot at getting job back“:

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle dismissed Roy Pearson’s claims that he was wrongly terminated for exposing corruption within the department where he worked as a administrative judge, the District’s Office of Administrative Hearings.

“This case is a classic example of a plaintiff pleading himself out of court by alleging a host of facts that only serve to totally undercut his claims,” Huvelle wrote in her 36-page opinion.

Judge Huvelle’s ruling is available here. We wearily note that several charges were dismissed without prejudice, so based on history, an appeal is likely.

UPDATE: (10 a.m.): NAM’s counsel, Quentin Riegel, corrects our off-the-cuff legal analysis: “‘Without prejudice’ means 2 of the claims in the complaint can be filed again at the trial level.  It’s not about whether he can appeal.   The federal court dismissed the state law claims because the court had already dismissed the federal claims and didn’t want to review state claims by themselves.” Ah. The district’s attorney general does expect an appeal, the story notes.

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