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Old 10-25-2002, 03:10 PM
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Another only in America story

This was forwarded to me:

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

Now doesn't that take the cake OR WHAT?!?

Kuan
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Old 10-25-2002, 03:22 PM
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Almost sounds like the original case judge and the insurance company lawyers went out for drinks after the trial. After a few Crown Royals, the judge says, "Hey, you know what I would do?" :p
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Old 10-25-2002, 03:36 PM
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LMAO:p :p :p
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Old 10-25-2002, 03:57 PM
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!

I've been informed that this is an urban legend. It appears that this never happened!

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Old 10-25-2002, 04:06 PM
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Old 10-25-2002, 04:07 PM
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Re: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!

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I've been informed that this is an urban legend. It appears that this never happened!

Kuan
Way to go Kuan! Wasting precious server space and bandwidth!!

It was still funny anyway!
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Old 10-25-2002, 04:10 PM
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Here's the truth...

http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/cigars-fire-ins.htm
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Old 10-26-2002, 02:32 PM
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Can't believe someone actually did this
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Old 10-26-2002, 11:33 PM
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Can't believe someone actually did this
Doesn't surprise me. I'm beginning to see banners waving from bridges on the Capital Beltway and I-95 saying things like, "Thanks, Moose" and "I [heart sign] Moose". That stuff's cool. Just hope people don't forget that a lot more than ONE person brought these monsters to justice.
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