Archive for Thursday, September 20, 2007

Dry cleaner folds after pants lawsuit

September 20, 2007


— The owners of a dry cleaner who were sued for $54 million over a missing pair of pants have closed and sold the shop involved in the dispute, their attorney said Wednesday.

The South Korean immigrants are citing a loss of revenue and the emotional strain of defending the lawsuit. They will focus their energy on another dry cleaning shop they still own, said their attorney, Chris Manning.

"This is a truly tragic example of how devastating frivolous litigation can be to the American people and to small businesses," Manning said in a statement.

Soo Chung and her husband, Jin Nam Chung, faced more than two years of litigation after a former customer at Custom Cleaners alleged they had lost a pair of his pants, then sued for $67 million under the District of Columbia's strict consumer protection act.

Plaintiff Roy L. Pearson, a local administrative law judge, later lowered his demand to $54 million. He said the "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and "Same Day Service" signs that once hung in the shop were misleading and fraudulent.

The case went to trial in June and a D.C. Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the Chungs, awarding Pearson nothing. Pearson is pursuing an appeal.

The Chungs incurred more than $100,000 in legal expenses, which were eventually paid with help from fundraisers and donations.


baby_girl 10 years, 8 months ago

This is ridiculous. How can someone act so juvenile over a pair of pants? I'm sure the pants didn't cost $54 million. If so, why would you take them to your local dry cleaners??? This man should bow his head in shame. A pair of pants...suing for that much money over a pair of dang pants. Of all the nerve.

jmadison 10 years, 8 months ago

Time for the British rules for civil suits, the loser in a civil judgment has to pay for both the plaintiff's and the defendant's legal bills.

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