John V. Mallon successfully tried a unique coverage case recently in Morris County. The jury was asked to determine whether a client's insured was attempting to commit suicide when he collided with a utility pole.  Although the insured had admitted that he had attempted to take his life earlier in the day by other means than his car, he claimed to have no recollection of driving his vehicle or hitting the pole.  Mr. Mallon used the testimony of the responding paramedics and circumstantial evidence to demonstrate that the collision was part of an ongoing suicide attempt.  The jury found that the collision was intentional. As a result of the jury’s verdict, the Court entered judgment in favor of State Farm and declared that no coverage existed for the incident. 

Chasan Lamparello
Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC

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