District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Judith Bartnoff, ruled in favor of the defendant dry cleaning shop owners in the $67 million dollar pants case (media now describe it as the $54 million dollar pants lawsuit, but why quibble). Life gets back to normal for the American civil justice system, but some damage has been done. Opponents of access to justice by ordinary people, and trial lawyer bashers, have been provided with years of material by Administrative Law Judge, Roy Pearson, who started the sad affair with his lawsuit. Trial lawyers have to do consistently better with their story telling. The pants story may have amused some readers, but shouldn’t have the emotional impact or staying power of the stories of victims of corporate greed or medical negligence, who triumphed through the courts.
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