Defending against fraudulent claims both before and during litigation. This includes designing and directing detailed investigations, conducting examinations under oath, securing and evaluating financial data and supporting documentation, taking statements, and continuing investigation through pre-trial discovery. Cases we have handled include:
- Successfully asserting an insurance fraud defense to a half million dollar theft claim at a “knock-off” perfume manufacturing plant. This litigation in federal court in Dade County resulted in a verdict for the insurance carrier and zero recovery for the insured. (Perfume Warehouse Incorporated vs. American Reliance Insurance Company)
- Obtaining a directed verdict for the insurance carrier at the close of the insured’s case based on misrepresentation and concealment of prior losses in the application. This case eventually led to an appellate decision awarding attorney’s fees to the carrier. (Marrone vs. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co.)
- Obtaining a zero verdict based on a fraud defense in a homeowner claim in which we proved the insureds lied about the source and amount of their income and where they had purchased the allegedly stolen property. (Rossi vs. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company)
- Successfully asserting a fraud defense to a large theft claim where the insured had submitted falsified invoices in support of the claim. This resulted in a zero verdict for the insurer. (Trapani vs. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company)
- Obtaining a zero verdict for the insurer on a fraud defense to a lawsuit where the insured claimed a large theft was the result of a business associate “recouping” some of his losses on a deal gone sour. The jury was convinced no theft actually occurred. (Ladoux vs. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company)
- Successfully proving fraud defenses in various types of claims and circumstances including exaggeration of the claim, misrepresentation in the application, concealment and misrepresentation of material facts in the investigation.