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Administrative law judge Roy Pearson, who lost a $54 million lawsuit against a dry cleaner over a missing pair of pants, leaves court on June 13.
NBC News and news services
updated 7/16/2007 7:02:40 PM ET 2007-07-16T23:02:40

A customer who sued his dry cleaner for $54 million over a missing pair of pants has been denied in his efforts to get the judge in the widely mocked case to reconsider her decision.

Roy L. Pearson, a local administrative law judge, argued last week that District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Judith Bartnoff failed to address his legal claims. Bartnoff had ruled that the business owners did not violate the city's consumer protection law by failing to live up to his expectations of a "Satisfaction Guaranteed" sign once displayed in the store.

Pearson's motion for reconsideration was turned down after Bartnoff found that he had not "presented any new argument or authority that warrants reconsideration of the Court's prior ruling," NBC reported Thursday.

The case, which drew international attention, began in 2005 when Pearson became an administrative law judge and brought several suits for alterations to Custom Cleaners.

A pair of pants from one suit was missing when he requested it two days later. A week later, the store owners said the pants had been found, but Pearson denied that they were his and decided to sue.

Pearson's suit, which originally sought $67 million, was based on a strict interpretation of the city's consumer protection law. It also included damages for inconvenience, mental anguish and attorney's fees for representing himself.

The attorneys for the dry cleaners told NBC they fully expect Pearson to continue his crusade and file an appeal of the original decision within the next few weeks.

NBC News' Michael Kosnar and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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