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Old 11-16-2002, 09:03 AM
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This is the best lawyer story of the year, decade and probably the
century... 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."

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 $24,000.00 fine.

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

ONLY IN AMERICA
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Old 11-16-2002, 10:02 AM
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Glad he went to jail. Only a lawyer.
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Old 11-18-2002, 02:32 PM
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Oh, the irony! Good for a laugh.

I agree with Lime Disease, glad he went to the big house.
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Spit, are you coming to key West.

I work in fire and water restoration, and deal with insurance co alot, and that seams to be the most talked about story.

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Hi Randy......nope....cant make it .......I was all set to go but unfortunately work is getting in the way.......hope the weather cooperates for ya......Rich
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LOL!!!!!!!! That was a good twist!!!
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i heard that story a long time ago. are you sure it isn't an urban legend?
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www.urbanlegend.com says it is a true story. almost too funny.
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