WASHINGTON, D.C. — Roy Pearson, the District of Columbia judge who lost his $54 million lawsuit against the operators of Custom Cleaners last month, filed a motion last week seeking to reverse D.C. Superior Court Judge Judith Bartnoff’s verdict in the case.
Bartnoff ruled last month that Pearson’s case had no merit, awarding him none of the $54 million in compensation he sought for an allegedly missing pair of pants. She also charged the defendants’ court costs to the plaintiff.
Defense lawyer Christopher Manning, of D.C.-based Manning & Sossamon, told papers that Custom operators So Jin and Soo Chung are already facing legal bills of more than $100,000. Manning is asking the court to require Pearson to pay for the Chungs’ attorney’s fees, and hundreds of people have donated to a legal-defense fund on their behalf, www.customcleanersdefensefund.com.
July 24, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) and the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) are sponsoring a fundraiser on behalf of the Chungs. For details, visit www.chungfundraiser.com.