I love a feel-good story, especially if the people in the story truly deserve to feel good, or better, about themselves.
I have been following closely the case of the missing pants brought about by a nincompoop judge who misused his legal knowledge in an attempt to abuse the US legal system. The ignoramus fool was so incensed by his drycleaners misplacing his pants that he tried to sue them for $60 million in damages.
Understandably, and with great applause worldwide, the case was thrown out of court and Judge Roy Pearson declared an idiot. Even though it was a victory to the drycleaners, the Chungs incurred hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees with no way to pay the court costs.
So it was lovely to read the below article, where the public have gathered to raise funds for the drycleaners to cover their legal fees. And it was even more lovely to read that if the courts make Judge Roy cover the Chungs’ legal fees, the Chungs would donate the proceeds raised from the fundraiser to charity.
$61M PANTS IN FUNDRAISER FOR COUPLE’S CLEANING FEES
July 25, 2007 – 11:31AM
By Lubna Takruri
WASHINGTON, July 24 AP – A now-famous pair of pants was the star attraction at a US fundraiser meant to help pay the bills of a dry-cleaner couple caught in a legal stitch.
The $US54 million ($61.4 million) pants, as they have come to be known, were the subject of a widely mocked lawsuit that garnered international attention.
Now, they have their own security guard.
US groups advocating stricter guidelines for filing lawsuits and supporters of Jin Nam Chung and Soo Chung, the Washington owners of Custom Cleaners, came from across America to attend the cocktail fundraiser.
On display were what the Chungs say are the pants that a local administrative law judge, Roy Pearson brought in, were misplaced, and were later found.
The guests had appetisers and cocktails, and under the stern gaze of the security guard, some posed for photos with the pants.
The Chungs successfully defended themselves from the $US54 million suit, which originally demanded $US67 million, but they now owe about $US100,000 in legal costs.
The American Tort Reform Association and the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform put on the fundraiser in hopes of defraying the Chungs’ costs.
The fundraiser netted more than $US64,000, with more pledges still coming in, organisers said.
"Without your support, the Chungs could very well have gone bankrupt," defence lawyer Chris Manning told the crowd of about 150.
The Chungs also made a rare appearance to thank their guests.
The organisers said they also wanted to raise visibility for their mission to change tort law in the face of US lawsuits that unfairly target small businesses.
"Our motto is the spirit of free enterprise," said Lisa Rickard, president of the Institute for Legal Reform.
"The Chungs epitomise that in our perspective. They’ve really been living the American dream, and that all came to a halt with the filing of this lawsuit."
"It’s our hope to help them do a course correction and get back on track," Rickard said.
Manning said that if the court grants the Chungs’ motion for Pearson to pay their legal fees, proceeds from the fundraiser that exceed the family’s costs would be donated to charity.
Pearson did not respond to an email from The Associated Press requesting comment.
These people deserve a medal for their patience and perseverance. In fact, I think they deserve their very own Hollywood Walk of Fame star – now, where are those application forms again?