Monday, May 07, 2007

Stella !

A few days ago a friend sent an email with a link to an article in the Washington Post. It was about something another friend had sent to me nearly two years ago. Back then it was one of those FW: FW: emails. You know the ones that you read but don’t really pay attention to while reading, and never forward them on to your real friends.

My first thought was that it was one of those spurious candidates for the “Stella Awards”. The real Stella Awards go to the most ridiculous and frivolous law suits that are filed in our courts. And there are some real dandies.

The Stella Awards are named after Stella Liebeck, who, in 1992, spilled a cup of McDonalds' coffee onto her lap, burning herself. She subsequently sued McDonalds for not warning her that the coffee was hot and if spilled onto her body, it may cause harmful burns. Surprisingly she won her law suit. Absolutely amazing!

In the Washington Post article, as well as in the email that I received over a year ago, it states that an Administrative Judge/Lawyer is suing the Korean owners of a dry cleaning establishment in Washington, DC for in excess of $65 Million.

Why? They lost his suit pants! It was an $1100 suit. My God, I’ve never paid more than $500 for a suit and that was with two pairs of pants and a vest. This had to be a really great suit, since the pants alone were worth $65 Million to the Judge.

The Washington Post article sez that Judge Roy L. Pearson Jr. claimed “that he deserves $65,462,500 in damages for the mental suffering, inconvenience and discomfort" caused by the loss of his suit pants. To put that figure in some perspective, at his current salary, it would take Judge Pearson just under 650 years to earn that kind of cash.

The owners of the Dry Cleaners, the Chung’s, have given up and headed back to Korea. Their American Dream has been shattered. They had offered Judge Pearson $12,000 to settle the case, but he refused their offer. $12,000 for a pair of pants sounds like a great bargain, but not to Judge Pearson. He has tied up the Chung's for nearly two years in court system. It had gotten to the point that their legal fees outweighed the small profit that the received from their dry cleaning business. Therefore they are returning to Korea with less than what they came here with; a hope for a new future. Not to mention the lost of dignity (loss of face).

This whole scenario really surprises me because Judge Pearson is an Afro-American and a member of a minority group. The Chung’s are also members of a minority group. The fact that minorities oppose other minorities, rather than support them, really bothers me.

Judge Pearson is up for reappointment this year. If the DC Government reappoints him it is truly a travesty. In my opinion he should be disbarred! He is a disgrace to the legal profession and to the bench.

The Beach Bum

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen, brother!

Thu May 10, 11:28:00 AM  
Blogger The Curmudgeon said...

$12,000 for an (allegedly) $1,100 suit?

On the facts presented, Judge Pearson is not the only unreasonable one here. Where is the judge handling the case? Why is a bailment case tied up for two years? Why has no trial been set? This is easy stuff -- even if the Chung family cleaners did not have insurance to defend them in this case.

Tue May 15, 09:07:00 AM  
Blogger The Curmudgeon said...

Update: The judge's demand is down to $54 million -- there's a relief, huh? -- and his case is coming to trial Monday 6/11.

I think he may be in for a teensy weensy let-down. But that's not a fearless prediction, just a guess.

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