Former Judge Seeks Another Hearing in Case of Missing Pants

By Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 6, 2009; 12:04 PM

Former District administrative judge Roy Pearson Jr. has requested a second hearing before the D.C. Court of Appeals in his $54 million lawsuit against a neighborhood dry cleaner over a pair of pants he claimed the cleaners lost.

On Dec. 18, three judges on the court unanimously rejected Pearson's initial appeal. They said Pearson failed to show that the store's promise of "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and "Same Day Service" amounted to fraud.

Pearson's request was filed Dec. 23 but was made public earlier today by Christopher Manning, the attorney for Soo and Jin Chung, owners of Custom Cleaners. The court now must decide whether to grant Pearson's request for a second hearing and have the entire, nine-judge court hear the case.

Pearson appealed to the court in October to overturn a 2007 ruling that he was not entitled to damages from the cleaner. Pearson also argued that he was denied access to a jury trial. The appeals court rejected that argument as well.

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