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NATIONAL BRIEFING / WASHINGTON, D.C.

Trouser litigant is cuffed again

October 23, 2008|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A former administrative law judge who unsuccessfully sued a dry cleaner for $54 million over a pair of lost pants tried to persuade an appeals panel that he deserves the money because he is a fraud victim.

"This is not a case about a pair of suit pants," Roy L. Pearson argued before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Rather, it is about whether the owners of a neighborhood business misled consumers with a sign that claimed "Satisfaction Guaranteed," he said.

Pearson sued Custom Cleaners in 2005 after claiming the owners, Jin Nam Chung and Soo Chung, lost a pair of trousers from a $1,100 suit, then tried to give him a pair of pants that he said were not his. A Superior Court judge ruled against Pearson more than a year ago, awarding him nothing.

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