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Trayvon Martin family's HOA insurance claim lands in federal court
The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 6, 2012 | Jeff Weiner

Posted on 08/06/2012 9:20:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Recent court filings show Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, has filed a claim for monetary damages against an insurance company for the Retreat at Twin Lakes homeowners association in her 17-year-old son's death.

The insurance claim was revealed in paperwork filed last week by Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America. In those documents, the insurer seeks clarification of its responsibilities in the teen's death and asks a federal judge to absolve Travelers of liability.

The teen, who was staying at Retreat at Twin Lakes with his father's girlfriend, was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman Feb. 26 while returning from a local 7-Eleven store, authorities say.

About a month after the shooting, the federal filings show, Travelers issued an insurance policy to the homeowners association. "After the inception of the claims-made policy, Fulton made a claim for monetary damages ..." Travelers says "... as a result of the fatal shooting of Martin."

Travelers writes in its filing that the company "is in doubt of its rights" under the policy and "seeks a declaration of its rights and obligations with respect to the claim" made by Fulton.

The insurer has asked the court to rule that Travelers "has no duty to defend The Retreat at Twin Lakes" against Fulton's claim. The amount of Fulton's claim is not explicitly stated in the court filings, but the insurance company writes that the "amount in controversy exceeds the sum of $75,000."

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the teen's family, said that the Martins are investigating possible claims with "all the insurance companies that might be applicable" and was seeking to determine "whatever the insurance limits were."

"It's our job, as lawyers, to make sure that we protect our client's interest," Crump said...

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TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Local News
KEYWORDS: georgezimmerman; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman

1 posted on 08/06/2012 9:20:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This was what all of the hubub was about in the first place. Martin’s parents didn’t get any money. They’ll get their money and everybody will be happy and munching Skittles again as though nothing ever happened.


2 posted on 08/06/2012 9:24:22 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The NRA did not create James "The Joker" Holmes. Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood did.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

we all knew that this is where it was going, so along as they got a charge they could file a civil suit.

My oldest cuts grass for money and he nearly got bit by a snake, a pygmy{sp} and lost it but this woman was up there very differently to how I would have been.

Kid is on suspension from school but out in Orlando , if that were my kid he’d never be even leaving the house.


3 posted on 08/06/2012 9:27:16 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So in the future all of the community watch programs will be banned for insurance purposes. They will go away like the diving boards and slides.


4 posted on 08/06/2012 9:30:29 PM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I read on another FR thread that the mother’s applied for money from the state’s victim’s compensation fund. She’s covering all her bases. Who will she sue next?


5 posted on 08/06/2012 9:40:21 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The only one suffering monetary damage is lil tradymarks former dentist.

Think of all the gold caps he didn't get to place.

6 posted on 08/06/2012 9:53:48 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: mass55th

I’m suprised that she hasn’t tried to work out a sponser deal with a company like Mars Inc.(maker of skittles). Or a hoodie maker that could put out a hoodie in his name.......


7 posted on 08/06/2012 10:02:05 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
About a month after the shooting, the federal filings show, Travelers issued an insurance policy to the homeowners association.

What am I missing here....Travellers issued the insurance about a month AFTER the shooting...

...so how come they are liable for ANYTHING that happened prior ....?

8 posted on 08/06/2012 10:16:02 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: manc

They don’t need a conviction?


9 posted on 08/06/2012 10:21:00 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: spokeshave
What am I missing here....Travellers issued the insurance about a month AFTER the shooting...

We're now all living in an alternate reality.
I'm sure that Obama and Holder will jump into the fray here, claiming that the new policy applies. The new insurance welfare rules requires coverage of pre-existing conditions.

10 posted on 08/06/2012 10:37:26 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: spokeshave
Dear Spoke:

It may be a "claims made" policy, meaning that it will cover the association at the time the claim is made - even if the event occurred outside of the coverage period.

Not uncommon.

I seriously hope she doesn't get a dime out of the HOA. The altercation was between private citizens, someone who was not acting in his capacity as a volunteer on duty. I also seriously hope that if the court rules against the HOA, Travelers picks up the tab...otherwise, every single person in that association will be paying a share of the bill.

I have a strong feeling that if Zimmerman is cleared, things will go badly for her a civil court.

11 posted on 08/06/2012 10:57:49 PM PDT by TheWriterTX (Riding the Long-Wave Economic Contraction, Baby!)
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To: TheWriterTX

Is she still on paid leave from her government job?


12 posted on 08/07/2012 2:24:38 AM PDT by Soul of the South
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I told any that would listen from day one that money was the ultimate goal!!There is a reason that personal injury vultures advertise almost exclusively in areas frequented by miniorities. A steel erection construction company that once did a job I was on was sued by a miniority and lost to him because he had applied for an advertised position for a resgistered professional engineer while not even finishing high school and they had not followed federal protocol with his denial for employment.


13 posted on 08/07/2012 4:31:07 AM PDT by BTCM (Death and destruction is the only treaty Muslims comprehend.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

This is called “working the system”.


14 posted on 08/07/2012 5:42:02 AM PDT by chainsaw ("Two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I find this woman to be absolutely detestable. This isn't about losing her son; it's about creating a large enough sh@tstorm that it increases her payout. 10 years from now she'll have trouble pronouncing his made-up name.
15 posted on 08/07/2012 5:45:45 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: rawcatslyentist

Think of all the gold caps he didn’t get to place.

I don’t think welfare covers gold crowns.


16 posted on 08/07/2012 5:48:54 AM PDT by chainsaw ("Two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.")
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To: jakerobins

That’s probably next on her list of “to do” things.


17 posted on 08/07/2012 6:19:49 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Meanwhile, records released by the Florida Attorney General's office show Fulton also filed a claim with the state's Bureau of Victim Compensation for emergency crime-victim assistance. The records show Fulton's claim was approved March 29.

How did Pam Bondi at the AG's office approve this claim on March 29th when there had been no crime charged until later in April. Talk about premeditation in this case.

18 posted on 08/07/2012 8:21:04 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: TheWriterTX

FWIU her claim against the HOA was made the very same day that the policy took effect — March 30th.

Would that indicate some kind of connection/collusion between someone at the HOA and her attorney’s office???


19 posted on 08/07/2012 8:43:48 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ah! The money! It’s really about the money! Mo Money, Mo Money, Mo Money!!!!!!! Parasites.


20 posted on 08/07/2012 8:45:36 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This was the REAL reason for opposing stand your ground.

with stand your ground attorney’s had no cash cow.


21 posted on 08/07/2012 8:48:14 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: TheWriterTX

If I were the HOA, I’d press my attorney to file a civil claim against the parents for supporting, harboring, fostering and enabling an endangerment to the community.


22 posted on 08/07/2012 8:48:38 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: TheWriterTX

Remember FL’s stand your groun law confers civil immunity. This means there can be NO LIABILITY. The standard is preponderance of the evidence not reasonable doubt. By that lower standard there is no liability. I suspect it is out of state carpet bagger attorney’s pushing this.


23 posted on 08/07/2012 8:59:08 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They are getting while they have a chance. Because after the trial and it’s known that race bait and spin is all the prosecutor and Judge have, Zimmerman is going to walk and the Stand Your Ground law precludes them suing at that point.

The Martin’s greed and liberalism’s anti-gun agenda is the only reason for this racist witch hunt.


24 posted on 08/07/2012 12:03:30 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Uncle Chip
Dear Uncle:

I doubt it.

Most HOAs (if they are smart) carry general liability insurance, D&O, E&O, and worker's compensation insurance. It's probably just that the claim hit the courts when the new policy took effect and the old one expired. It's not unusual for communities to shop their insurance, and other contracts (landscaping, pest control, etc.) annually to be sure they are getting the best service for the best price.

No one who actually cares about their community would encourage anyone to file a lawsuit. There is always a chance that the claimed event isn't covered by insurance, putting all the individual homeowners on the hook for any payout awarded by the court.

It doesn't surprise me that a civil lawsuit was filed against the community. The attorneys always look for deep pockets. Zimmerman doesn't have them, but the community does.

25 posted on 08/07/2012 9:07:57 PM PDT by TheWriterTX (Riding the Long-Wave Economic Contraction, Baby!)
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