Roy L Pearson was a judge who launched a ludicrous campaign against a dry cleaners over an allegedly lost pair of trousers (pants to you Americans!). The judge in the case threw the case out but it was so idiotic it should never have come to court.
Now it seems that the owners of the dry cleaning shop have closed and sold the shop involved in the dispute. According to an AP report, the owners are citing a loss of revenue and the emotional strain of defending the lawsuit. They will focus their energy on another dry-cleaning shop they still own.
"This is a truly tragic example of how devastating frivolous litigation can be to the American people and to small businesses," their attorney Chris Manning said in a statement. The Chungs incurred more than $100,000 in legal expenses, which were eventually paid with help from fundraisers and donations. Even after the trial ended favourably the Chungs lost customers and revenue. They have now closed two of their three businesses since the lawsuit began.
Apparently Pearson is pursuing an appeal (presumably seeking to call God as a a witness) and has made no comment on this development.
I wonder if there is scope to counter sue Pearson back to the stone age. At least he wont have to worry about lost trousers again....