This story was also sent in by Ray Warren for your enjoyment; This actually took place in Charlotte, North Carolina.
A lawyer bought 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 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, never the less, that the lawyer held a policy from the
company, in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that they would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be
unacceptable, fire, and was obligated to pay the claim.
Rather than endure a lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of his cigars that
perished 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 burnig his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000
This is a true story which won first place in a Criminal Lawyer's Award contest.
ONLY IN AMERICA... NO WONDER THE REST OF THE WORLD THINKS THEY'RE NUTS.