Our tort system is not completely effed-up after all. The idiot who started this mess — himself a judge, no less — took some suits to the dry cleaner two years ago, and they lost the trousers from one of the suits. They claim to have found them, but the customer/judge/plaintiff, Roy Pearson, says that they tried to pass off a pair of cheap pants for the real ones. He demanded compensation. So far, that's all fine.
But then Mr Pearson made ever-escalating demands, and refused to accept reasonable — and then unreasonably large — compensation, eventually declining an already insane $12,000 settlement. He wanted... are you ready for this?... $54 million in compensation, which included his time in preparing this case, an analysis of how much of his time it will cost to travel to another dry cleaner's shop, as well as the cost of a rental car to do so (since he obviously can't use this one any more), and, of course, punitive damages. 54 million dollars. For a dispute about a pair of pants. I think he's trying to rival Paris Hilton in stupidity.
Happily, the real judge who caught the case has dismissed the lawsuit, and is making Mr Pearson pay the costs incurred by the owners of the dry-cleaning shop. Sense has prevailed.
The National Labor Relations Board is trying to get Mr Pearson disbarred. We can only hope. He certainly doesn't deserve to practice law nor judgery.
I dunno, maybe he can get himself on Larry King.