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masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#1 11 years ago

Taken to cleaners over $88m trousers - 04 May 2007 - NZ Herald: World / International News

Staff were busily sorting out piles of garments while owner Soo Chung and her husband Jin, were dealing with customers with clothes to be cleaned and pressed.

Soo Chung gave a smile but she did not appear to be very happy. "We have a big problem. A big problem."

The Chungs are facing a huge US$65 million ($88 million) problem in the form of a remarkable lawsuit regarding a pair of trousers belonging to a local judge that the couple allegedly misplaced. All that for a simple pair of grey trousers, one might gasp. ... The Chungs, who have had their business for 12 years, agreed to compensate Pearson, offering first US$3000 and then US$4600.

Pearson declined and the Chungs raised their offer to US$12,000 - a lot more than the US$800 Pearson says he paid. But the judge refused even that amount. Instead he used his knowledge of the city's statutes to come up with the eye-watering compensation claim.

Pearson based his US$65,462,500 claim on two signs the Chungs had hung inside their dry cleaning store. One read "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and the other said "Same Day Service". Pearson argues that he is entitled to US$1500 a violation - US$1500 for each of the 120 days the two signs were in the Chungs' store. (He is multiplying each violation by three because he is suing the Chungs and their son separately.) He includes US$500,000 for "emotional damages" and US$542,500 in legal fees, even though he is representing himself.

... The final twist to the story is that - according to the Chungs - the trousers turned up a few days after they went missing. Pearson denies they are the same pair but the Chungs and their lawyer are adamant. The case is due in court next month.

That a judge, a person entrusted to hold justice and apply it, would not only turn down a generous offer for an $800 pair of trousers, but would (most probably) refuse to admit a pair of trousers are his, and instead pursue the bankruptcy of a family.

Is there something very wrong in the US's legal system?




MrFancypants Forum Admin

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#2 11 years ago

Those stories are always funny, but it's sad that even a judge does something like this. Over here a court would just laugh at an attempt to sue someone for millions of dollars over a pair of trousers.

It is bad enough that those people had to offer $12000, that's a big enough injustice if you ask me.




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#3 11 years ago

Now thats just childish of the judge. What a wally! Now it official, judges can be buttholes too.




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#4 11 years ago

MrFancypants;3659205Those stories are always funny, but it's sad that even a judge does something like this. Over here a court would just laugh at an attempt to sue someone for millions of dollars over a pair of trousers.

It is bad enough that those people had to offer $12000, that's a big enough injustice if you ask me.

The same thing would happen here, no self-respecting judge would do that, and no court would take it seriously.

But this judge has a chance of success, and that's scary.




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#5 11 years ago

The fact is that America's legal system has been screwed up by a lot of corruption in the last few decades, and so there are wacky precedents for everything.




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#6 11 years ago

That judge is being ridiculed by the media, his peers and it will probably be the end of his days as a judge. Civil courts all over the free world have this problem. The problem is that there are way to many lawyers without any shred of honor.




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#7 11 years ago

This is just wrong though it doesn't say anything about America's judges in general (it says a lot about the extremely sad "See you in court" and "Sue you later mate!" mentality though).

Any normal person would just have asked for a compensation of a new set of the same pair of trousers (and anything else lost in the process) and pretty much settle for a a refund when the trousers would turn up a few days later afterall.

Hope the judge gets fired. :cort:




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#8 11 years ago

He had announced his resignation not long before he filed suit, Donutz.

The guy was (is?) an administrative law judge. Meaning that he doesn't know jack about the legal system, IMNSHO.

There is also a very good chance that his suit will be thrown out as a "frivolous" use (abuse) of the judicial system. Moreso if you run his alleged numbers: at best he has a claim of $2.2m. But there's no chance in hell that his services to himself in small claims court (which is where this belongs) would approach five digits, let alone six.