07 June 2007

The pants that got cheaper

I got the story first from Sue Helen (a temporary name till she 'fesses up to the real one) from Trashology.

A $10 dry cleaning bill for a pair of trousers has ballooned into a $67 million civil lawsuit. Plaintiff Roy Pearson, a judge in Washington, D.C., says in court papers that he's been through the ringer over a lost pair of prized pants he wanted to wear on his first day on the bench.

He says in court papers that he has endured "mental suffering, inconvenience and discomfort."

He says he was unable to wear that favorite suit on his first day of work. He's suing for 10 years of weekend car rentals so he can transport his dry cleaning to another store.
As you can see, we know now the real force behind the recent bloom of Dow Jones index. The price of pants produced for legal beagles is relentlessly driving the global economy upward.

The trend, however, can suffer a sudden downturn, with the unexpected decision of the plaintiff to reduce the amount of the lawsuit.
A judge who was seeking $67 million from a dry cleaners that lost his pants has loosened the belt on his lawsuit. Now, he's asking for only $54 million, according to a May 30 court filing in D.C. Superior Court.

He is now focusing his claims on signs in the shop that have since been removed. The suit alleges that Jin Nam Chung, Soo Chung and Ki Chung committed fraud and misled consumers with signs that claimed "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and "Same Day Service."
I don't know about the other items the learned judge is suing for, but I have no doubts whatsoever about the clause regarding the mental suffering. It seems that the sudden disappearance of his beloved pair of pants has inflicted irreparable damage on his mental facilities.

Whether the padded room should be financed from the proceedings of the lawsuit or by the judge's medical insurance, is another matter that I shall leave to my learned readers to decide upon.