Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Doyle v. Firemans Fund Ins. Co. (Cal. Ct. App. - March 7, 2018)

The case is all about some counterfeit wine.  So Justice Moore takes the opportunity to throw in a ton of Shakespeare references to wine.  Plus lots of sentences with phrases like "Yea verily," "We agreeth with the trial court . . .," etc.  You get the theme.

Okay.  Fair enough.

In the end, the Court of Appeal decides that there's no insurance coverage for the $18 million (!!) of counterfeit vintage wine that David Doyle bought from convicted felon Rudy Kurniawan.  So a bad day for Mr. Doyle.

But Justice Moore ends the opinion with another Shakespeare quote for him:  "Finally, we can merely offereth to Doyle this small piece of wisdom from the Bard of Avon: “The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief.” (Shakespeare, Othello, act I, scene 3.)"

Yeah.  Call me crazy, but I don't think that's going to give Doyle much solace.