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AAJ Seeks Justice for Couple Taken to the Cleaners

The American Association for Justice (formerly known as the American Trial Lawyers Association) has filed an ethics complaint against  ALJ Roy Pearson, who's suing a mom-and-pop dry-cleaning store for $65 million for allegedly losing his pants, as reported in this Law.com article, Ethics Complaint Filed Against Judge Over His $65M Suit Against Dry Cleaners. The article does not detail the basis of the complaint, but presumably, the AAJ has asserted violations of DC Ethics Code Rule 3.1 (frivolous litigation) or Rule 8.4 (interfering with the administration of justice). In reading the DC Rules closely, however, I noticed that most of the prohibitions technically apply to a lawyer who represents a client, while Pearson represents himself. I'm assuming that Pearson will rely on this distinction in an attempt to avoid discipline. 

The fact that Pearson is pro se raised another question for me as well: Would the AAJ have filed an ethics claim against Pearson if he was a trial lawyer representing a client instead of an ALJ representing himself? What do you think?

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on May 16, 2007 at 03:55 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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