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Wacky Window Washer Lawsuit

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A window washing company was sued because a worker allegedly peered into offices at Plaintiff and made inappropriate gestures. The adjuster was getting ready to make an offer to settle the case when a witness came forward and said she witnessed the Plaintiff provoking the window washer. The Plaintiff had been seen lifting up her skirt and making obscene gestures to the window washer, who ignored them. After several other witnesses came forward and the evidence was shown to Plaintiff’s counsel, the case was dismissed.

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JURY AWARDS $27 MILLION TO A CLAIMANT INVOLVED IN BUS ACCIDENT

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A jury in Ohio has awarded $27 million dollars to a 45 year old man who was badly injured in a Greyhound bus accident on a Pennsylvania interstate in October of 2013.

The claimant was trapped and unconscious in the wreck for three hours before the rescue workers could free him. He lost his right leg and needed more than 30 surgeries.  The surgeries were to repair a hole in the claimant’s heart, torn muscles in his shoulder and crushed bones in his foot, pelvis and arm. The Investigation revealed the driver fell asleep and rear-ended a semitrailer.

The claimant’s attorneys successfully argued the Greyhound bus driver ignored a company rule about stopping every 150 miles to take a break and to rest.

Attorneys for the Greyhound Bus Company have advised they plan to file an appeal. This is usually a legal strategy to attempt to get the claimant to settle for a much smaller lump sum settlement.

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An 86-year-old man was Tasered twice by police who mistook him for the ’suicidal’ boyfriend of his granddaughter.

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The family’s health insurance company called a New York Police Precinct to tell police that their 23-year-old insured was suicidal. The information was passed on to the Precinct near where the family lived. Dispatcher tapes reveal the Police Precinct only told their patrol officers that a man was suicidal at that address, without giving an age or name. During this time, the victim’s granddaughter and her 23 year old suicidal boyfriend had left the home to get more medication.

The 86 year old claimant, w ho was chopping onions for his soup at the time, thought the couple had arrived back home when his doorbell rang and buzzed them in.  Detectives came up stairs and found his apartment door slightly open and when they went in they saw the 86-year-old with a knife in his hand and ordered him to drop the knife. The retired pipe fitter moved to place the knife on his kitchen table, before police zapped him on his neck and leg.
The 86 year old claimant was interviewed after the incident and he related that the police entered his apartment, and he was very surprised as he expected his granddaughter and her boyfriend to be entering his apartment. He said: ‘The police came in and say, “You so and so, put down the knife,” and I said, “Why are you coming in my apartment? What do you want?’ ‘They wouldn’t tell me.’ He put the knife down and got tased by the officers.

A spokesman for the NYPD said the officers acted appropriately as the 86 year old male did not respond to their commands to drop the knife and was in close proximity to a child, who was approximately three years old.

The elderly gentleman was subsequently taken to two hospitals and doctors found him mentally stable. He was formally charged for the refusal to drop his knife, he has now decided to file a $5million lawsuit against the city over the incident. His lawyer said: ‘What makes this more outrageous is that members of the Police Department were given information that the situation they were called to involved a 23-year-old male. And they were in possession of that individual’s name.’

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SHOOT OUT AT A GUN STORE KILLS 2 AND INJURES 2

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A father and son were killed and two men left injured after an argument erupted at a gun shop over a $25 service charge. The 44 year old owner of the gun shop and his 17-year-old son were shot dead during the disagreement with two customers. The customers were also a father and son pair. The fight was first physical and then turned into a shoot out.

The customers are accused of shooting both the owner and his son using a 40-caliber pistol . The customers went to the shop and were told their weapon had not been repaired, but they still had not pay $25 for the labor. An argument began over the service charge began and then guns were grabbed and they all began shooting. The son who was the customer in the argument is accused of both murders. The father who was the customer was also shot in the back and is in intensive care.

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TWO PROTESTERS WERE ARRESTED AND SUED NYC FOR VIOLATING THEIR CONSTUTIONAL RIGHTS AND WON THE LAW SUIT

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New York City has agreed to pay two Occupy Wall Street protesters $52,000 after they were arrested for giving the middle finger to police officers on the subway. The two accusers were arrested on in June of 2013 for flipping off to New York City cops on a subway train. The officers got out of their car and arrested the protesters  on charges of disorderly conduct. The protesters argued that the cops falsely claimed that they shouted ‘F**k these cops’ and yelled all police are ‘f**king rapists’.

They both ended up spending the night in jail and the charges were dismissed after the pair stayed out of trouble for six months. They  then decided to sue the city for violating their constitutional right to express themselves freely, protected by the First Amendment.  They admit they gestured toward the two police officers with their middle finger raised, an internationally recognized symbol of dislike and displeasure, and in doing so exercised their constitutional right, guaranteed under the state and federal constitutions, to freely express themselves.

After the settlement, their lawyers said in a statement: ‘Our clients are pleased with the city’s acknowledgement of their First Amendment right to express themselves even when those expressions may be considered offensive, controversial, or unpopular.’ A spokesman for the city Law Department said the settlement was in the best interest of the city. One of the claimants is from Michigan, had also been arrested in 2012 for taking part in a window-breaking incident at a Starbucks coffee shop in the East Village, New York City. So this was not his first arrest.  But, now they are $52,000.00 RICHER……

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HOMEOWNERS COVERAGE WAS DENIED AS HOUSE WAS NOT OCCUPIED FOR 10 DAYS!

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If your home catches fire, is burglarized, or has a water leak, homeowners insurance is there to pay for the damage.

Or is it? Not always.

One woman just had a major claim denied, and her story should be a warning to all homeowners. Fridge leaked for two days

Tammy Godby blames a refrigerator for all her trouble. “It ruined this whole floor up here, the ceiling downstairs, and the carpet downstairs,” she said. The floor, basement ceiling, and paneling were all damaged by a burst hose to her refrigerator’s ice maker. It was just a tiny hose, but two days of dripping did serious damage.

Her repair cost: almost $10,000.00.  ”The dry out process, just to dry it out, was about $7,000. And then we’ve spent an additional $2,000 to $3,000 putting it back together ourselves.”

But when she contacted her insurer, she got some terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news.  ”They denied the claim because they claimed it was customarily unoccupied,” she said.  Vacant home, coverage denied

The problem: Godby and her family had moved out two weeks earlier, into a new home.  Therefore her old home was “customarily unoccupied”…. or “vacant” in layman’s terms.  ”We had been gone only about 10 days,” she said. Her policy stated insurance can be canceled after 30 days with no one in the house, not 10 days.

We contacted her insurer and confirmed that a vacant home means coverage can be denied.  A spokeswoman said the 30 day rule is a decades-old rule that is no longer in place. She said Godby’s current policy no longer states that, and that claims can be denied after a house is vacant for just a few days.

So we checked with the Cincinnati Insurance Board, and found something many homeowners don’t know.

If your home will be vacant, with no furniture, you typically need to purchase a separate, more expensive policy.
If you go away on vacation for more than 30 days, you may also need an add-on policy. In both cases, your risk level rises dramatically with no one home to watch the house.  If you rent out your house, you need a different policy. Homeowner’s policies do not cover if a renter is living in your home.  Godby’s insurer will re-examine her case, but told us it “has every right to deny her claim.”

A vacant house –with unattended water pipes — is a risk most insurers no longer want to cover.  Bottom line: If you are moving soon, or plan to be out of your house for a month or longer for any reason, alert your insurance agent in advance….so you don’t waste your money.

Written by John Matarese of NBC K5

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DENTIST TO THE STARS OF “MOB WIVES” HAS A SEXUAL HARASSMENT SUIT FILED AGAINST HIM

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We received a claim against a married Staten Island dentist who shines the pearly whites of “Mob Wives” stars Drita Davanzo and Carla Facciolo.  He tricked his dental hygienist into giving him a “cleaning,” then asked for a sexual favor, the former employee claims in a lawsuit.

After the 44 Hygentist told her dentist boss she wasn’t interested in his sexual advances, he asked for a teeth cleaning and sat down in the chair. When she came back with of the equipment, she was shocked to see that her boss had  exposed his penis, requesting that she not only clean his teeth but asked her to clean his penis!  That is brazen even for a Mob Dentist in Staten Island.

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Shingle Shenanigans

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We received an estimate to repair a roof, which the adjuster was going to pay. His supervisor insisted that the field adjuster take a look at it in person. It turned out that the roof was only missing 2 shingles, which would cost less than the deductible. The adjuster then talked to the subcontractor who prepared the estimate. The subcontractor explained that he did the estimate for 2 shingles and then the homeowner insisted he do an estimate for the whole roof. The subcontractor gave the insured both estimates and was surprised he submitted the one for the whole roof to the insurer. The claim was denied and the insured was reported for fraud.

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