Roy Pearson v. Drycleaners Verdict: $0

Justice was served in Roy Pearson’s lawsuit against his drycleaner today. A District of Columbia judge ruled that Mr. Pearson would get somewhat less than the $54 million he sought in his lost pants lawsuit: less than zero (the judge awarded the drycleaners court costs). This news came as a surprise to… well, no one. Tort lawyers were relieved because the whole debacle was making all plaintiffs’ lawyers bad by six degree of separation connection.

Mr. Pearson had sued Custom Cleaners because Pearson said the cleaners lost an expensive pair of his pants. His lawsuit claimed that signs in the drycleaners that read “same day service” and “satisfaction guaranteed” were misleading to the consumers.

I’ve been meaning to summarize my thoughts on this case for the last few days but this Houston Chronicle editorial says it better than I would have.

Posted in:
  • Poor Boy

    There should be major penalties for an individual such as Pearson abusing the judicial system in this manner only to intimidate and attempt to extort money from hard working people and small businesses. Not only that, but this sort of thing is what leads the government to limit awards, so as to injure people with real complaints down the road. This guy is scum.

  • John Gunselman

    This worthless idiot should be summarily disbarred. He is a racist with a hatred for Orientals and has the intellifgence of a shrub!

  • J Sickler

    As you are undoubtedly aware, a $54 million lawsuit was recently brought in DC District Court against a small neighborhood drycleaners over a pair of alleged lost trousers. While the Court found resoundingly in favor of the business owners, Jin and Soo Chung, their ordeal is not yet over—they have drained their saving accounts contesting this frivolous lawsuit, and they have racked up over $100,000 in legal expenses.

    In order to help the Chungs defray their legal bills, ILR and the American Tort Reform Association are co-hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday evening, July 24 at 6 p.m. at the US Chamber Building in Washington, DC. Unfortunately, businesses large and small across America must deal every day with similar extortionist tactics from some plaintiffs’ lawyers. The collective outcome is not justice, but lost jobs, ruined businesses and billions of dollars in lost economic opportunity. Additional details, sponsorship opportunities and easy online registration are available at

  • john

    I’m so happy Roy Pearson lost his job. Now, let’s just hope there is a God in heaven to correct the wrong that this poor bastard has caused on the justice system.

Contact Information