Winner of The Best Lawyer Story!
This took place in Charlotte, North Carolina:A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them, amongst other things, fire!
Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars, 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 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, in which it has warranted that the cigars were insurable and guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without what was considered to be "unacceptable fire," and was obligated to pay the claim.
Rather than endure a lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his of the cigars that perished in the "fires."
HERE COMES THE GOOD PART!
After the lawyer had cashed his check, and armed with testimony from the previous case 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 true story won first place in last year's Criminal Lawyer's Award Contest.
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