Lawyer Story

June 16, 2013

BEST LAWYER STORY OF THE YEAR, DECADE AND PROBABLY THE
CENTURY

A Charlotte, North Carolina 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 and
without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy 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! 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 which it had
warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would
insure then against fire, without defining what is considered to be
unacceptable fire” and was obligated to pay the claim.

Rather then endure the lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company
accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the
cigars lost in the “fire”.

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 is a true story and was the First Place winner in a recent Criminal
Lawyers Award Contest.

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