Wednesday, June 6, 2007

New math

District of Columbia administrative law judge Roy L Pearson seems to have changed the math on his lawsuit according to a May 30 court filing in D C Superior Court. He originally sought about $65 million under the D C consumer protection act and almost $2 million in common law claims when he first sued Custom Cleaners over a pair of pants that briefly went missing.

Pearson is now focusing his claims on signs that had been in the shop, alleging that the store owners and their son commited fraud and misled customers. Pearson has continued on with the suit for two years now, representing himself at no cost, while the Chung family has incurred thousands of dollars legal expenses in their defense.

I am not sure how Pearson's refocus changes the math to only $54 million in his lawsuit but no reasonably intelligent person would have interpreted those signs as an unconditional promise of satisfaction. I believe that most people would have been very happy with the return on their slacks a few days later and whatever small compensation the Chung's may have offered them. Pearson refused to accept the slacks when they were found and has since refused several offers of compensation amounting to thousands of dollars. If I knew I could cash in on a million dollar payday for lost items at the cleaners......... I'd be leaving every item I own in hopes of someone misplacing mine for a few days.

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