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Three Strikes for Judge Fancy Pants

Posted by Jane Akre
Friday, November 02, 2007 12:42 AM EST
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Judge Roy L. Pearson Jr.First he lost his pants, then his frivolous lawsuit. Now Administrative Court Judge Roy L. Pearson Jr. has lost his job. Pearson was booted this week from his $100,000 job and asked to clear out of his office by the end of business, Tuesday.

This story's coverage was subterranean compared to the international notoriety of the $54 plus million lawsuit he filed against a Washington D.C. area dry cleaner. Pearson lost that lawsuit while the Korean couple closed their business.  His appeal is now pending, his job is not.

Was the lawsuit linked to Judge Pearson’s dismissal? Apparently the 57-year-old Pearsons' two year job ended last May, right around the time of all of the adverse publicity. At that time he retained a job working as an attorney adviser.   

Judge Pearson was under consideration for a longer 10-year term, but a judicial committee voted against him. The reason?  Judge Pearson did not demonstrate “appropriate judgment and judicial temperament,” according to a source who spoke to the Washington Post. 

And the story goes a bit deeper.  The city office that employed Pearson is under investigation for its overall performance in handling disputes involving city agencies.

It turns out that while Judge Pearson had been pushing for a new 10-year term with the Commission on Selection and Tenure of Administrative Law Judges, he was also telling the commission about alleged conflicts of interest among supervisors.

The Judge Roy L. Pearson story and the $54 plus million lawsuit is the subject of the InjuryBoard.com video available on this website, Fancy Pants-The Myth of the Frivolous Lawsuit. 

Synopsis:  Everyone on both sides of the tort reform movement agreed this was one of the few examples of an abusive use of the legal system. But the charge of “frivolous lawsuit” is used far too often by major industries with the most to lose in litigation from Americans who may have suffered harm from defective products. Internal documents show the tobacco industry has long roots in fueling the anti-litigation (tort reform) movement in this country. #


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