[Marxism] Lawyer Story of the Year

Craven, Jim JCraven at clark.edu
Fri Dec 3 12:40:48 MST 2004

A Charlotte, NC, lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive
cigars, then insured them against fire among other things. Within a
month of 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 that 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!
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 whi9ch it 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 appeals process, the insurance
company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss
of the rare cigars list 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 (not an Urban Myth) was the First Place Winner in a
recent Criminal Lawyers Award Contest.
James M. Craven
Blackfoot Name: Omahkohkiaayo-i'poyi
Professor/Consultant,Economics;Business Division Chair
Clark College, 1800 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
Vancouver, WA. USA 98663
Tel: (360) 992-2283; Fax: (360) 992-2863
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