It took some time, but 50 indictments finally emerged for the engineering firm hired by property damage insurance company lawyers to knock down damages for policyholders crushed by Superstorm Sandy. It’s good to see fraud prosecuted, regardless of which side is committing the fraud. Interestingly, however, the insurance industry and the US Chamber of Commerce have not covered the story (that I can find) despite the fact that alleged fraud in litigation is one of their favorite topics.
These indictments arose because in part because a determined judge ordered some hearings, looked across a larger group of cases, and issued a detailed opinion. Media coverage followed. Then more judges became involved and issued more findings. It’s good to see judges speak out when they see corruption in litigation.