Federal Judge Tosses Latest Lawsuit by $54M Pants Suit Judge

Pearson argues missing pants suit cost him his reappointment

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has thrown out a wrongful-termination lawsuit by a former D.C. judge who was let go after filing a $54 million lawsuit over a pair of pants.

Roy Pearson claimed that the District used the fact that he was being vilified in the media to cut him out of his $100,000-a-year job as an administrative judge.

But U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle wrote in an opinion last week that Pearson alleged "a host of facts that only serve to totally undercut his claims."

The District's judicial commission did not cite the pants lawsuit as the reason for not reappointing Pearson to a 10-year term, but Huvelle suggested there was a "strong basis" not to reappoint him.

D.C.'s Commission on Selection and Tenure of Administrative Law Judges pointed to Pearson's temperament and prudence on the bench, The Washington Post reported. See, Pearson has the kind of temperament to file a $54 million suit over a pair of pants.

Pearson claimed in the suit that the owners of a dry-cleaning business lost a pair of his favorite pants, thus their "Satisfaction Guaranteed" sign was deceptive. They must have been a really nice pair of pants, like Zubaz, maybe.

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