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New York lawyer sues Brooks Brothers, claims it gave him wrong suit after alterations

Posted Apr 16, 2013 8:06 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Manhattan personal injury lawyer claims in a lawsuit that Brooks Brothers gave him the wrong suit after he asked the store to do some alterations on his new purchase.

Robert Ginsberg is seeking $7,646, the New York Daily News reports. According to the suit, the amount represents the price of the suit ($646), the cost of his time when he argued with store personnel for 90 minutes ($2,000) and punitive damages ($5,000).

"Leave it to a lawyer to file suit over a suit," the story says.

Ginsberg says he purchased a three-button suit with a faint pinstripe in December, but when he returned to pick up the garment the store gave him a used gray jacket and pants that were two sizes too big, according to the story. He says tried returning the suit at Brooks Brothers’ Liberty Street store, but store personnel refused.

Ginsberg says he brought the suit home in January but he didn’t discover the mix-up until last month when he opened the garment bag to try on the clothing.

David Rees, the manager of the Liberty Street store, told the New York Daily News that Ginsberg should contact him and he would be happy to help.

Ginsberg was previously in the news when he sued American Airlines for $2 million after he argued with a flight attendant. Ginsberg had claimed he tried to move a food cart to get around it and the flight attendant pushed him into it. Police detained Ginsberg after the flight landed and he was barred from boarding another flight. A federal judge dismissed the case, saying Ginsberg caused the incident by refusing to follow the flight attendants' orders and he had no damages, the story says. The case is on appeal.

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