D.C. Law Firm’s Hot Porsche Spontaneously Caught Fire, Suit Claims
Posted Mar 7, 2008 2:04 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A Washington, D.C., law firm that specializes in representing CIA operatives has something of a mystery on its hands: How did its 2003 Porsche Cayenne S spontaneously catch fire? And who should pay for it?
A lawsuit (PDF) filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., asserts that the answer to the second question is Porsche Cars North America and Ameriprise Auto and Home Insurance. The suit misspells the name of the vehicle, but name partner Roy Krieger of law firm Paleos & Krieger told BLT: The Blog of Legal Times that it’s the real thing.
Krieger told the blog the car spontaneously caught fire while he was in a book store in March 2005. Unaware of the blaze, he emerged and was surprised to see a fire truck in the parking lot. He was even more surprised when he saw his $60,000 car was nothing but “a smoking hulk.”
“At the end, it couldn’t even be towed,” he told the blog. “It had to be placed on a flatbed truck and driven away.”
Krieger said the law firm bought the car from Porsche Cars North America in 2003 and insured it with Ameriprise. The car was still under warranty when it caught fire, he said, “But I haven’t gotten any money, and someone’s got to pay.”