I’m sure we’ve all heard about the nutter lawyer who sued a poor Korean family for lost pants in their drycleaner. The overzealous lawyer lost his 100+ million dollar lawsuit. it now seems some people are fighting back because PEARSON IS GOING TO APPEAL!
Tort Reform Association president Sherman “Tiger” Joyce joined small business advocates in denouncing the now notorious multimillion-dollar lawsuit, Pearson v. Chung, brought by an administrative law judge against a Washington, D.C. dry cleaner in connection with a misplaced pair of suit pants.
“Even though the trial judge last month ruled overwhelmingly in favor of the defendants, the stubborn plaintiff is expected to appeal,” an incredulous Joyce explained. “So this two-year legal nightmare that rudely interrupted the Chungs’ American Dream continues to cost them a small fortune in legal bills and business losses.”
The Chungs were sued under D.C.’s Consumer Protection and Procedures Act, which he said is like laws in other states that are “particularly attractive” to plaintiffs’ lawyers because they typically provide for minimum statutory damages or the tripling of actual damages, and for an award of attorneys’ fees.
He urged D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Council Chair Vincent Gray and other City Council members to change the law by requiring plaintiffs to prove that they actually relied on a supposedly fraudulent or deceptive advertisement or representation.
“After all, Roy Pearson’s claim against Custom Cleaners alleged that the display of a basic ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’ sign somehow constituted a willful fraud punishable by a mind-boggling, potentially bankrupting civil damages award,” he added.
He also recommended that policymakers limit plaintiffs’ claims for damages to out-of-pocket costs, except in cases when it can be proved that a defendant’s actions were knowingly and willfully fraudulent or deceptive.
“If Pearson had simply limited his claim against the Chungs to the cost of a new suit, alterations and any reasonable legal expenses, we wouldn’t be here right now and this case wouldn’t have become internationally infamous,” Joyce concluded.
But hey, the many is greedy and a lawyer, what you gonna do?