Best lawyer story ever


This is a true story and was the First Place winner in the Criminal Lawyers Award Contest.

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
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 and without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy 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!

Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. But he stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company, which 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”. It was thus obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure a lengthy and expensive appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars in the “small fires”.


After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of Arson (the crime of deliberately and maliciously setting fire to structures or objects). With his own insurance claim and 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.



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  1. vikash kumar

    hello sir i want to ask about my shop since my father spent 32yr in that shop there is no agreement at the time of giving shop,now from last 1&halfyear he is not giving the slip but i had given the money whenever i ask for slip he sad i will give you next month sir what i have to do now and how much the case was strong from my side.please give your opinion sir

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