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Old 25th March 2014, 14:37   #1 (permalink)
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A Lawyer Story.

BEST LAWYER/INSURANCE STORY OF THE YEAR, DECADE, AND POSSIBLY THE CENTURY.

This actually 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 story won First Place in last year's Criminal Lawyers Award contest.
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Re: A Lawyer Story.

A golden oldie this one, been doing the rounds since 1997 and still an urban legend!
There has even been a song about it

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I had an American friend who sold an insurance policy to cover a multi national companies operations in Lebanon with a war zone exclusion clause - at the height of the civil war there.
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Re: A Lawyer Story.

Undoubtedly the biggest leap of faith was that of Larry Silverstein in 2001 who decided to take up the lease of the near bankrupt New York World Trade Center. Recent legislation determined that the buildings had to be cleared of all the blue asbestos at a cost of Billions of Dollars. Undaunted he went ahead with the plan and insured the site against terrorist attack.
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