>BEST LAWYER STORY OF THE YEAR, DECADE AND PROBABLY THE CENTURY. > >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 >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! > > >(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, 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 lost 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 burning his insured >property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine. > >This is a true story and was the First Place winner in the recent Criminal >Lawyers Award Contest. >
It's a good story though. Why does it seem all (or at least many) of the humorous apocryphal stories that circulate the Internet are written in a similar style? Are they all coming from a single source?
I think my favorite one was the insurance claim from the guy trying to lower a barrel full of tools from a rooftop. Snopes link.