Lawyer/Insurance Story of the year - Possibly the Century [314 Views]     

This took place in Charlotte , North Carolina

A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and  expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other  things, fire.

Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars, the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company

In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were  lost 'in a series of small fires.'

The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the man had consumed the cigars in  the normal fashion.

The lawyer sued and WON!

(Stay with me.)

Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company, in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable 'fire' and was obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars that perished in the 'fires'.

NOW FOR THE BEST  PART...

After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!!

With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and  was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.

This true story won   First Place in last year's Criminal Lawyers Award Contest.
 

   


Post a Comment about this Article
Name:
Subject:
Comments:

Please Enter a Comment
Comments Posted about this Article: