There is Justice After All: $54 Million Pants Lawsuit Thrown Out.


The $54 million pants (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Here's an update on the case of the $54 million pants, which we posted before:

A Washington, D.C., judge Monday threw out a $54 million lawsuit against a dry cleaner accused of losing a pair of trousers. The case got worldwide attention as the worst example in years of unfettered litigiousness, in the view of some lawyers.

"The court rejected a case that clearly had no merits, that was outrageous and ridiculous from the outset," says Bill Schulz of the American Association for Justice, representing trial lawyers.

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Judges are people, too. He's probably seen enough frivolous cases during his time on the bench that he figured he may as well do the same thing. Perhaps he was proving a point. He probably wanted to see how well he could do.

It is a free country...
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the description of him actually in tears while testifying certainly leads me to agree that he is mentally ill. Making it all the more horrifying that he's a judge.
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It would be interesting to look at this man's record while on the bench .... I wonder if he ever made any really bad judgments due to his mental illness. (And yes, I'm sorry - but all evidence points that this man has some kind of psychological problem in which he felt losing his favorite pair of pants actually justified $54m.)
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Thank goodness! But seriously, that case should never have gone as far as it did. We need to take the approach of the Japanese legal system, which has made lawsuits so difficult to file that only very serious cases ever make it to this point.
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