Despite a clear finding by D.C. Superior Court Judge Judith Bartnoff that Pearson’s case against Custom Cleaners had no merit and that the cleaners’ possible misplacing of a pair of Pearson’s pants was not worth a penny to the plaintiff, Pearson is back.
He wrote to defense lawyer Christopher Manning this week to let the Chung family know that Pearson plans to file today a motion arguing that Bartnoff failed to address Pearson’s legal claims and asking the judge to reverse her verdict in the case.
If you can stomach it, read the rest after the jump.
Manning tried to reason with Judge Pearson:
Manning, who has said that the Chungs have already been wiped out financially by the need to defend themselves against Pearson’s two-year legal jihad, responded to Pearson by asking that he end the misery for the Chungs, who face legal bills of more than $100,000. Manning asked Pearson to consider moving on, for the Chungs’ sake and for his own.
But Pearson was unimpressed and responded to Manning that he will continue to fight in the best interests of all Washington residents. Pearson apparently continues to believe that his crusade to get rich off an immigrant family’s small business would somehow better the lives of all D.C. residents.
Silly Manning! Logic is for sane people.
Chalking Pearson’s conduct up to mental illness may be the most charitable take. But in that case, should he remain on the bench? Would you want ALJ Pearson presiding over your case?
Don’t scoff — it might just happen:
[T]here’s still no action from the panel that will determine whether Pearson is to be reappointed for a full, 10-year term as an administrative law judge. At Mayor Adrian Fenty’s request, the panel put off consideration of Pearson’s case until the mayor had a chance to fill a vacancy on the commission on the tenure of ALJs. Now that Fenty has made that appointment, the panel is apparently waiting for Bartnoff’s decision on the attorney’s fees aspect of the pants case, which could be some weeks away.
We’ve mentioned it before, and we’re happy to plug it again: If you’re in D.C. on July 24th, you can attend a fundraising event for the Chungs, co-sponsored by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform and the American Tort Reform Association.
The $54 Million Pants Suit That Wouldn’t Die [Raw Fisher / Washington Post]
Support the Chungs: Fight Frivolous Lawsuits [Chung Fundraiser]