Attorney Fees

Dry Cleaners Seeks Fees

Owners of a dry cleaners that successfully defended a $54 million lost-pants lawsuit claim the plaintiff was out to destroy their lives and should pay their legal fees.

The cleaners seeks nearly $83,000 in fees in a motion filed yesterday. It alleges that plaintiff Roy Pearson submitted “outrageous demands for compensation” and raised litigation costs with “amazingly voluminous discovery and motions practice.”

“Simply put, there could be no more perfect of an example of bad faith than that which plaintiff has demonstrated throughout this litigation,” the motion reads (PDF posted by the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog).

“Plaintiff’s motives have been clear—quite simply, to harass defendants and to attempt to utterly destroy their lives.”

Meanwhile Pearson, an administrative law judge, will ask the District of Columbia judge to reconsider her verdict against him, according to the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

Pearson informed the lawyer for the dry cleaners that he will file a motion contending Judge Judith Bartnoff failed to address his legal claims when she ruled against him last month.

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