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: An interesting Lawyer Story - with a twist

10-22-2002, 12:36 PM
You've all probably seen descriptions of otherwise frivolous cases resulting in ludicrous payments - well this one really takes the cake!

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

Within a month having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars and without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy, the lawyer filed 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!

In 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 $15,000.00 to the lawyer for his loss of the rare cigars lost 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 $24,000.00 fine. :hehe:

This is a true story and was the 1st place winner in the recent Criminal Lawyers Award Contest.

Dble Haul
10-22-2002, 12:46 PM
Well I'll be a dirty word..........that's hilarious! A prime example of how our justice system really can work for everyone's best interests. Thanks!

:smokin: :smokin: :smokin:

Oops! Three cases of arson right there!

10-22-2002, 03:43 PM
I wonder it was the insurance company I work for, will have to check with our Chief Insurance Investigator, a personal friend of mine.

10-22-2002, 04:10 PM
Apparently this is a new web-hoax going around.
I read this story and thought it was funny, so I went to google and did a search for "Criminal Lawyers Award Contest" hoping to find other stories. Several pages look promising, but if you follow the links you get a form for some sort of "Free Legal Advice".

Nope, the "Criminal Lawyers Award Contest" doesn't exist, it's just a clever bit of social engineering


10-22-2002, 06:17 PM

Every thing you needed to prove Darwin had the gift of 'understatement.'

Forgot to add: you can 'link' to a very good "urban ledg.' site from the Darwin site.

10-22-2002, 06:17 PM
What we cannot believe we read on the internet ? What is this world coming to! :whoa:

10-22-2002, 09:17 PM
Sounds something like what happened to a very wealthy industrialist.
When he was on his death bed, he summoned his padre, his doctor and his lawyer.
To each he said that while the populist notion is that you can't take it with you, he inisted that he would not be laid to rest penniless just in case he woke up in one of two places and then he could buy his way around.
He gave each one of them $25,000 in cash and directed each of them to place the money in his coffin, after the undertaker had done his job.
So on the day of the funeral, open casket and all, all 3 of them approached the casket and did their duty.
After the burial, the padre was asked if he had really put all the money in the coffin. He repleid that while he wanted to respect the dying man's wishes, he had put $15,000 in the casket and kept $10,000 to give to the poor of his community. The doctor also fessed up and said he had done the same but would donate the $10,000 to a medical research project to cure a rare disease.
The lawyer then spoke up, admonishing his colleauges for their abuse. So they asked the lawyer what he had really done.
He replied that he had put the entire $25,000 in the coffin, in the form of a cheque from his bank.