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Best Lawyer story

- 13 November 2013, 12:11


                    This took place in Charlotte, North Carolina.

                    A lawyer purchased a box of 24 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

                    The lawyer sued – and WON! (this gets good…)

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


                    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

                    This true story won First Place in last year’s
Criminal Lawyers Award contest.


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