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Vol. 8 - Issue 5
May 31, 2019

 

Classic Movie Quotes – Insurance Coverage Style

 


 

 

Classic movie quotes are, of course, a staple of pop culture. You know the biggies: "Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." (Sunset Boulevard); "Go ahead. Make my day." (Sudden Impact); "You talking to me?" (Taxi Driver); "Here's looking at you, kid." (Casablana); and dozens and dozens more.

What if classic movie quotes also played a part in insurance coverage. Consider the following ways in which that could work out:

• Mediator to an extraterrestrial insurance adjuster: "E.T. phone home office and get more authority." (E.T., 1982)

• "If you build it, he will come and file a construction defect claim." (Field of Dreams, 1989)

• "I see dead people. Ugh. I need to do a large loss report." (The Sixth Sense, 1999)

• Plaintiff's attorney to insurer: "You're gonna need a bigger boatload of money to settle this case." (Jaws, 1975)

• "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse. If he does, he'll be liable for an excess verdict." (The Godfather, 1972)

• After coverage case remanded to Kansas state court: "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas federal court anymore." (The Wizard of Oz, 1939)

• Supplementary payments: "We do not have to furnish these bonds. James Bond." (Dr. No, 1962)

• "May be force be with you, defined as the named insured and not an additional insured." (Star Wars, 1977)

• "Show me the money! It's been a month since my client signed the settlement agreement." (Jerry McGuire, 1996)

• "There's no place like Home Insurance anymore." (The Wizard of Oz, 1939)

• "Plastics can involve pollutants, that cause damage, that may be excluded by the pollution exclusion." (The Graduate, 1967)

• Policyholder preparing to sue for bad faith: "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore." (Network, 1976)

 

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