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Only in America...

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Only in America...

Post by Soupie on Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:24 pm

Here's an awesome example of the American legal system...the nation that loves to sue...

This took place in Charlotte North Carolina. A 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, 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! (Stay with me.)

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 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars that perished 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 fine.

This true story won First Place in last year's Criminal Lawyers Award contest.

Cheers, Sue

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Re: Only in America...

Post by Becci on Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:15 pm

I was thinking that it would have to be illegal to do that. Just like insuring your house and burning it down idiot lawyer!


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Re: Only in America...

Post by retta on Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:14 am

Not very smart for a lawyer, now is he!!!


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Re: Only in America...

Post by Tygrays on Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:39 am

Bahahahahaha OMG I love it!!! Can you imagine what he's telling the other inmates at the prison... "I'm in for arson, yeah I burnt my own cigars" Bahahaha they'll have a field day with that LMAO


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Re: Only in America...

Post by on Sat May 28, 2011 1:21 am


That's brilliant!

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Re: Only in America...

Post by Rebekkah on Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:40 pm

as you say only in america..
i heard of a woman from england had buried her very expensive wedding ring in her back yard. Her husbands company was her insurance broker, and she told him she had it stolen so the company needed to pay up.. they did. He brought her a new more expensive one.
She then bragged about it to her friend. Her friend then told her husband that she had just got a new pool for summer and they had a great deal .., so wife arrived home one day to fnd suitcases outside the front door. She thought her hubby had planned a spontaneous weekend away.
She went inside and found her hubby loungeing around outside in their new pool.
She then saw her wedding ring, it was on the finger of her friend who was sporting a itsy bitsy black bikini.. needless to say she was kicked to the kurb..


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Re: Only in America...

Post by on Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:39 pm

LOL! Stories of others stupidity really amuses me!

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