Roy Pearson, pants judge, could face ethics charges — seven years later

“A former D.C. administrative judge who in 2005 filed a $54 million lawsuit against a dry-cleaning business over a pair of missing pants, becoming a national symbol for frivolous litigation, could face disciplinary action by the D.C. Court of Appeals for alleged misconduct in the case.” [Washington Post, Kelly Phillips Erb/Forbes, earlier] “As to the seven year delay in prosecution, the usual response: No harm, no foul” [Mike Frisch, Legal Profession Blog] More: Lowering the Bar.


  • 2005 wasn’t 7 years ago.

    • It’s been seven years since the D.C. Disciplinary Counsel took up the matter. Why they took so long is a perfectly valid question, and leads one to question what other unethical or illegal acts of lawyering may be going on in the District without the Counsel’s scrutiny.

  • Makes me wonder if the Disciplinary Counsel hadn’t originally decided to let the proceedings die a quiet death, until the admin judge did something to piss them off, like not donate to the right campaign or something. Voila! Proceedings resurrected!

  • I can’t believe you people think this is a joke. This is a man’s _pants_ we’re talking about. Didn’t you hear his tear-filled victim’s statement?

  • Went to the Legal Professions Blog to find more details, also found more posts about the DC Disciplinary Counsel. Turns out Mr. Pants’ case is not a one-off; worse, not even close to being a record…