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Widener Commonwealth Law School

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Insurance Fraud in Rhyme

Yesterday the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania released an insurance fraud opinion authored by Justice Eakin, who disposed of the case in rhyme.  Here's a taste of Commonwealth v. Goodson:

In January, 2001, appellant’s car was in a collision.

His insurer totaled the aging New Yorker, then made a just division

of the value of the insurance claim, sending $6,289 to the lender;

the balance of $135, to appellant they made tender.

And thus the matter terminated, or so one might have thought,

but that was not to be, when Goodson’s later schemes were caught.

The entire opinion (pdf) is here.

Thanks to Alexander Langan, my former student and current Justice Eakin clerk, for the tip.


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My view, Chris, has always been just write the opinion. It is funny at first glace, absolutely. But I don't see the wisdom in being cute or, a la Judge Posner recently, including pictures.

Posted by: Ron Miller | Dec 23, 2011 11:21:49 AM

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