Appeals Court Rejects DC Missing Pants Case
An appeals court says there will be no new trial for a former District of Columbia judge who tried to sue his dry cleaners for $54 million over a lost pair of pants.
The D.C. Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected the request from Roy L. Pearson to overturn a 2007 ruling that denied him damages. Pearson had argued that Custom Cleaners failed to live up to its promise of "Satisfaction Guaranteed."
The court ruled that Pearson failed in every way to state a claim that would give him satisfaction. In fact, the court said he could not even prove that the cleaner lost his pants.
The case generated worldwide attention and was a nightmare for Soo Chung, the immigrant owner of the business.
Pearson had claimed that the the Chungs violated two signs they put up, "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and "Same Day Service." But the appeals court said it never constituted false or misleading statements, which was the core of Pearson's claim.
Three appellate judges agreed Pearson failed to show the store's advertising amounted to fraud and said his argument defied logic.
Pearson can still ask the entire nine-judge appellate court to review the case or appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Pearson did not immediately respond to an e-mail or telephone message seeking comment.
— NBC News contributed to this report.