Steve Badger and I had a rematch debate yesterday at the TAPIA conference in Kerrville, Texas. 1 There were some topics that we agreed were "juicy", where lawyers got unilateral agreements for judge meetings and other Texas lawyers win cases and are then arrested. But I came across an appeal in a Florida lawsuit where Tower Hill claimed all sorts of scams against a contractor and a "juicy" counterclaim was filed by the contractor against Tower Hill units, its CEO and US Forensics.
All allegations in lawsuits are accusations. This does not mean that they are true or that a trial will prevail. Submissions are only the basis of a dispute and facts are determined later. The first trial from Tower Hill made various allegations that the contractor committed fraud. After the first discovery was made, a counterclaim was filed that contained two sections of submissions that I noted.
First, the allegations made against US Forensic would cause American policyholders (APA) to note:
Tower Hill routinely retained US Forensic, an engineering company, with the directive and the agreement that US Forensic would directly deny the existence of hurricane damage. or claim minimal damage, regardless of the source or extent of the damage to the insured's property. US Forensic is just one of many engineers and / or engineering companies that have partnered with Tower Hill to fraudulently deny or underestimate SFR's legitimate claims.
According to information and belief, Tower Hill engaged in other illegal and fraudulent conduct to defraud SFR, as the proprietor, with intent to obtain money belonging to the SFR, as the recipient, and in violation of Florida law on unfair insurance trading practices.
Doug Quinn is the CEO of APA, and its main task is to prevent insurance fraud against its own customers:
APA acknowledges that property owners in the loss rely on the insurance companies and their agents to measure the loss to a property and decide what the insurance company is obliged to pay in benefits. The property owner and the insurer have negative interests in determining the liability of an insurance company. APA studies the conflict of interest in the adjustment process and monitors the systematic methods used by the insurance industry to determine insurance benefits. The APA acknowledges that insurance fraud is too common for those who are liable to pay for the loss.
I encourage readers of this blog to join the APA and you can do so at this link: https://apassociation.org/join -the-apa /
But the accusations become "juicier!" How often does money laundering come into an insurance case? Here are the allegations that Tower Hill (TH) defamed the contractor by accusing it of money laundering:
TH Group's announcement of false statements to SFR's customers became a pattern and practice for TH Group in an attempt to get SFR's customers to end business relationship with SFR.
On April 11, 2019 or so, Kyle Abernathy, on behalf of TH Group, initiated a telephone conversation with the Chief Code Officer for Lee Code Enforcement and Contractor Licensing and made the false statement that SFR engaged in work without proper licenses.
On July 1, 2019, Kyle Abernathy, on behalf of TH Group, initiated a telephone conversation with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and made a false statement that SFR was conducting money laundering.
SFR has never engaged in money laundering.
The statements made by TH Group are defamatory in the face and in themselves defamatory, because they wrongly and maliciously accuse SFR of crime
Again, I have no idea how this will be, but an owner of a Entrepreneurial companies apparently do not take Tower Hill accusations lightly and sue the leader of a major Florida insurer to make a point. Followed for this is as "juicy" as a ripe, full-bodied Indian River orange.
Thought For The Day
I feel like I just took a big juicy mask with a pretty sharp hook in the middle of it.
—Lyndon B. Johnson
1 Cowboy Steakhouse is a rare gem that many may miss in Kerrville, Texas. The wine list was extraordinary. I suggest that if you are lucky enough to eat there, ask the owner, Richard Ferris, to choose your wines and simply give him a price point. If you think this blog post is "juicy", wait until you try their steaks. This 45-year-old family restaurant is passionate about its food and Texas service.