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According to Pearson, the litigation is about safeguarding the rights of every consumer in the District who might fall prey to signs like those once posted in Custom Cleaners. Satisfaction was in fact not guaranteed, Pearson argued, and his own experience put the lie to the supposed promise.

---> It’s hard to find what the underlined part means?

Not only was the pattern different, but the pants proffered as his also had, of all things, cuffs. Only once in his adult life, he said, had he worn cuffed pants, and never, he suggested, would he have so altered his treasured Hickey Freeman suit.

---> proffered pants? What is it?

The judge who had been handling the case until this year headed off Pearson's efforts to turn the suit into a sort of sweeping class-action and tried to rein in Pearson's "excessive" demands for documents. But the judge found he could not simply dismiss all of the claims, and that meant Roy L. Pearson Jr. v . Soo Chung et al. was going to trial.

---> headed off…. Does it mean that the judge tried to persuade Pearson into a sort of sweeping class-action? Like gathering all the complaints against dry cleaners?

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According to Pearson, the litigation is about safeguarding the rights of every consumer in the District who might fall prey to signs like those once posted in Custom Cleaners. Satisfaction was in fact not guaranteed, Pearson argued, and his own experience put the lie to the supposed promise.

---> It’s hard to find what the underlined part means? "give the lie" is the correct idiom = to show that something is not true

Not only was the pattern different, but the pants proffered as his also had, of all things, cuffs. Only once in his adult life, he said, had he worn cuffed pants, and never, he suggested, would he have so altered his treasured Hickey Freeman suit.

---> proffered pants? What is it? The pants that were offered / handed over >> "proffered as his" >"handed over as his [pants]

The judge who had been handling the case until this year headed off Pearson's efforts to turn the suit into a sort of sweeping class-action and tried to rein in Pearson's "excessive" demands for documents. But the judge found he could not simply dismiss all of the claims, and that meant Roy L. Pearson Jr. v . Soo Chung et al. was going to trial.

---> headed off…. Does it mean that the judge tried to persuade Pearson into a sort of sweeping class-action? Like gathering all the complaints against dry cleaners? It means that the judge prevented Pearson from making his action against the cleaners more important than it really is.

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Thanks a lot, Feebs11!

One last question, please.......

The judge who had been handling the case until this year headed off Pearson's efforts to turn the suit into a sort of sweeping class-action and tried to rein in Pearson's "excessive" demands for documents. But the judge found he could not simply dismiss all of the claims, and that meant Roy L. Pearson Jr. v . Soo Chung et al. was going to trial.

----> Then, Pearson tried to turn the suit into a sort of sweeping class-action and the judge tried to stop it?
Yes - though I would say he did in fact stop Pearson.