Thursday, May 24, 2007

A Great Excuse Not To Wear Pants

If anyone ever wonders why lawyers get a bum rap, they need to read this story.

Back in 2002, a dry cleaning establishment in the DC area lost a pair of pants. An unfortunate occurrence, but the type of thing that happens. Unfortunately, this particular pair of trousers belonged to a guy named Roy Pearson. Being both an attorney and a judge, Pearson decided he wasn't willing to accept an apology for the incident. In keeping with the fact that he's a lawyer, and that this is America, he sued. And we're not talking about about small claims court: Pearson supersized his lawsuit to the Nth degree, then multiplied it to the power of X, and settled on a figure of $65,462,500!!! He is trying to justify that figure by claiming "mental suffering, inconvenience and discomfort."

Yes, this case should go a long way to cleaning up the image of the legal profession.

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