No one can say these guys aren’t willing to take some heat.
The first guy is one we’ve encountered before, that symbol of the American justice system, Judge Roy Pearson. As you probably recall, he sued some dry cleaners for $54 million over a lost pair of trousers and a misleading store sign. He lost, despite an emotional breakdown on the witness stand talking about his lost trousers. The store owners dropped their demand to have their legal fees reimbursed, hoping Mr. Pearson would finally end his crusade. Instead, he’s filing an appeal, clearly attempting to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he is an ***hole.
Leroy Greer is our next exhibit. He’s suing 1-800-FLOWERS $1.5 million for not protecting his privacy.
He and his wife were working out an apparently somewhat civil divorce. While this was going on, Mr. Greer sent a bunch of roses to his girlfriend, specifying it should be private. 1-800-FLOWERS sent a thank you note to his address, the wife got to it first, and that was that. The divorce has now become slightly less civil, the wife’s demanding a lot more money because of his infidelity (sources varying from $300K to $500K), and Mr. Greer’s mad at the florist. The florist must be giddy at the free advertising, especially since hardly anyone thinks the company did anything wrong.
It just hasn’t been a good day for middle-age slightly greying black men with a wispy moustaches wearing black pinstripe suits.