In Case You Were Wondering…

stories like this are why people hate lawyers:

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…

Manning said the cleaners made three settlement offers to [the plaintiff, Judge Roy] 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…

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.


UPDATE (June 25, 2007): Judge agrees, cleaners win



May 3, 2007
3:51 pm

Reminds me of a lawyer-told instead of lawyer-targeting joke I heard a while back (I’m just repeating it, Judge!):
Q. What do you call a lawyer with an IQ of 90?
A. “Your Honor”