Pants Problem Cause for Multi-Million Dollar Suit

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

It's day two of the he multi-million dollar lawsuit against a Washington, DC, dry cleaning store. Plaintiff Roy Pearson testified the loss of his pants caused him traumatic suffering and warranted expensive compensation.

Pearson testified that he was beginning his new job as an administrative law judge in 2005, and wanted to make a good impression by wearing his expensive collection of suits during his first week on the job. When the Custom Cleaners dry cleaning shop did not return his suit pants in time, Pearson had to make other arrangements to dress well for work.

Pearson cites DC consumer law in his belief that a sign posted in the shop imposes obligations on Custom Cleaners that the shop did not fulfill. The sign read "Satisfaction Guaranteed."

Pearson argues that every day the sign was displayed, a new violation of law took place. That compounding helps explain part of the damages Pearson wants to recover. Originally Pearson asked for $67 million. As the case progressed, he amended the amount to more than $50 million.

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