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wtf? lets all try NOT to be like this do*che about unnecessary.

the associated press

WASHINGTON (May 3) -- The Chungs, immigrants from South Korea, realized their American dream when they opened their dry-cleaning business seven years ago in the nation's capital. For the past two years, however, they've been dealing with the nightmare of litigation: a $65 million lawsuit over a pair of missing pants. Jin Nam Chung, Ki Chung and their son, Soo Chung, are so disheartened that they're considering moving back to Seoul, said their attorney, Chris Manning, who spoke on their behalf.

"They're out a lot of money, but more importantly, incredibly disenchanted with the system," Manning said. "This has destroyed their lives."

The lawsuit was filed by a District of Columbia administrative hearings judge, Roy Pearson, who has been representing himself in the case.

Pearson did not return phone calls and e-mails Wednesday from The Associated Press requesting comment.

According to court documents, the problem began in May 2005 when Pearson became a judge and brought several suits for alteration to Custom Cleaners in Northeast Washington, a place he patronized regularly despite previous disagreements with the Chungs. A pair of pants from one suit was not ready when he requested it two days later, and was deemed to be missing.

Pearson asked the cleaners for the full price of the suit: more than $1,000.

But a week later, the Chungs said the pants had been found and refused to pay. That's when Pearson decided to sue.

Manning said the cleaners made three settlement offers to Pearson. First they offered $3,000, then $4,600, then $12,000. But Pearson wasn't satisfied and expanded his calculations beyond one pair of pants.

Because Pearson no longer wanted to use his neighborhood dry cleaner, part of his lawsuit calls for $15,000 -- the price to rent a car every weekend for 10 years to go to another business.

"He's somehow purporting that he has a constitutional right to a dry cleaner within four blocks of his apartment," Manning said.

But the bulk of the $65 million comes from Pearson's strict interpretation of D.C.'s consumer protection law, which fines violators $1,500 per violation, per day. According to court papers, Pearson added up 12 violations over 1,200 days, and then multiplied that by three defendants.

Much of Pearson's case rests on two signs that Custom Cleaners once had on its walls: "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and "Same Day Service."

Based on Pearson's dissatisfaction and the delay in getting back the pants, he claims the signs amount to fraud.

Pearson has appointed himself to represent all customers affected by such signs, though D.C. Superior Court Judge Neal Kravitz, who will hear the June 11 trial, has said that this is a case about one plaintiff, and one pair of pants.

Sherman Joyce, president of the American Tort Association, has written a letter to the group of men who will decide this week whether to renew Pearson's 10-year appointment. Joyce is asking them to reconsider.

Chief Administrative Judge Tyrone Butler had no comment regarding Pearson's reappointment.

The association, which tries to police the kind of abusive lawsuits that hurt small businesses, also has offered to buy Pearson the suit of his choice.

And former National Labors Relations Board chief administrative law judge Melvin Welles wrote to The Washington Post to urge "any bar to which Mr. Pearson belongs to immediately disbar him and the District to remove him from his position as an administrative law judge."

"There has been a significant groundswell of support for the Chungs," said Manning, adding that plans for a defense fund Web site are in the works.

To the Chungs and their attorney, one of the most frustrating aspects of the case is their claim that Pearson's gray pants were found a week after Pearson dropped them off in 2005. They've been hanging in Manning's office for more than a year.

Pearson claims in court documents that his pants had blue and red pinstripes.

"They match his inseam measurements. The ticket on the pants match his receipt," Manning said.

General Off-Topic Board / is there a BSCHOOL equivalent to LSD?
« on: April 30, 2007, 02:40:19 PM »
i've been searching all over the web for a business school discussion board and havent found anything quite like LSD.  anyone know of any?


anyone else attend the SCU law preview day today?  anybody else think it was rather lame...spending 4 hours in the SAME dreary room, listening to uninspiring/rambling profs, dept heads and alumni? it was soooo painful that half the group left after lunch.  seriously...their huge selling point is IP law, yet their career services presentation featured two alumni who did not specialize in the IP field. 

the best part was when a prospective student asked the career services director whether their 90% employment rate included contractors.  she went on to respond " question", as if she was trying to avoid the possible discussion. when asked about details about OCIs, she responded by saying, "yea, every big to medium sized firm, nonprofit, government agency comes by." talk about vague.

probably the least inspiring ASW i've been to thus far.  if i had to base my decision SOLELY on ASWs, SCU would be a no go.

Choosing the Right Law School / Fordham and scholarships?
« on: April 01, 2007, 11:38:05 PM »
I've heard that Fordham is rather stingy with their scholarships...

some schools that are similar in rank have offered me $$$ (UIUC, Wisc).

do you guys think i can use these as leverage to possibly secure a minor scholarship?  NYC is butt booty expensive so any $ would help quite a bit.

anyone else have any success negotiating scholarship cash with fordham?

Incoming 1Ls / a deposition - texas style.
« on: March 05, 2007, 03:49:45 PM »
yanked from tls.  funny as hell.

git'er done!

Choosing the Right Law School / fordham v. notre dame
« on: March 05, 2007, 12:04:39 PM »
fordham v. notre dame in a battle royale?

1: possible big law intentions
2: jd/mba
3: would like to practice in CA eventually (i dont mind working in NYC for a few years after grad)
4: prestige...yes i am a wannabe prestige whore.
5: less of a cutt throat atmosphere.

also...does anyone know much about the networking connections of UND?  i've heard that it "is very strong" nation wide.  is this true or an overstatement?


ps.  ND uses nice paper for the provisional foiled...niceeee.

Choosing the Right Law School / Fordham ASW roll call - march 24
« on: February 26, 2007, 09:05:16 AM »
anyone going?

Which school has a better nation rep?  Fordham or Hastings.  Granted Fordham has a better ranking, but I've heard from some lawyers (albeit most were Hastings grads) that Hastings places more students outside of CA.

Choosing the Right Law School / first hand 4th tier woes...
« on: February 12, 2007, 09:58:43 PM »
im glad i got that lsat score up.  eesh.

"never check this blog, but for some reason felt compelled to do so this evening, and now I'm glad I did. This is just another of countless sad stories I continue to hear about CWSL. I knew it wasn't the place for me when I went to both my "adviser" (I use that term loosely) and the administration looking for help, and their first suggestion was to drop out. None of the professors I had were helpful, or even approachable (a sentiment echoed by many other students), most of them couldn't teach, and one of them spent every class behaving like a leunatic. I sat in lectures with people who had no business in law school, or graduate school for that matter (I remember explaining to one colleague that British Columbia was in Canada not the United States), but CWSL was happy to take their money."

Law School Admissions / applied in late dec/early jan & no decisions yet...
« on: February 12, 2007, 03:17:18 PM »
i applied to 17 schools and i have yet to hear a PEEP from anybody regarding decisions (been complete for about a month now).  I'm OFFICIALLY beginning to worry...anyone else in the same boat?

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