WASHINGTON – The administrative law judge who's suing a cleaner for $54 million over a pair of pants was expected to wrap up presentation of his case Wednesday, after breaking down in tears at court during Tuesday's proceedings.
Administrative law judge Roy Pearson cried as he recalled the pants that led to his lawsuit. He said he is acting in the interest of the city's residents against what he claims are poor business practices.
Pearson first sued Custom Cleaners over a pair of pants that disappeared two years ago. He was originally seeking about $67million but reduced the amount last week.
The original demand was based on his strict interpretation of the city's consumer protection law, which imposes fines of $1,500 per violation.
Pearson no longer is seeking damages related to the lost pants and is focusing his claims on two signs in the shop that since have been removed. One claimed "Satisfaction Guaranteed," the other "Same Day Service."
Chris Manning, who represents the family who owns Custom Cleaners, says the case is without merit. Manning was expected to ask a judge to dismiss the case once Pearson completes his presentation.