Legal Ethics

'Pants Suit' Judge Back in Court, Now Suing for Job and $1 Million

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A former administrative law judge in Washington, D.C., who infamously filed suit against his dry cleaner for $67 million (he later reduced his claim to $54 million) is back in court again.

Now Roy Pearson is seeking reinstatement to the job he may have lost, at least in part, as a result of his notorious “pants suit” claiming the dry cleaner lost his trousers. He is also claiming at least $1 million in compensatory and punitive damages in the federal court job action, the Associated Press and the Examiner report.

“Pearson said in court documents that he was protected as a whistle-blower and that the city was using the fact that he was being ‘vilified in the media’ to cut him out of his $100,000 job,” the Examiner writes.

Explains CNN, in an earlier article about the federal suit, “Pearson, again acting as his own attorney, relies on what he considers Washington’s ‘Whistle-blower Protection’ law to try to establish illegal retaliation.” Pearson’s latest suit was filed May 1 in federal district court in Washington, D.C., according to CNN.

Related coverage:

DCist: “Roy Pearson Sues for $1 Million and His Job Back” “It’s Confirmed: Judge Who Sued Over Lost Pants Lost His Job” “$54M Pants Suit Takes Judge to the Cleaners” “Judge Knocks Pants Suit”

Hat tip: How Appealing.

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