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In the wrestling ring, Hulk Hogan was pretty good at making sure opponents couldn’t pin him. As a reality TV star, Hogan took VH1 to ratings heights. But in real life, Hogan has struggled to lead an easy life.
Hogan now claims that attorneys from the firm of Zuckerman Spaeder have ripped him off for more than $1.5 million. He’s filed a claim in Florida county court that alleges that the firm waited 17 months to tell him about repeated offers by insurance company Progressive Select Insurance Co. to supply him with free representation after his son crashed his car in 2007, resulting in a passenger suffering severe brain damage.
“It is common knowledge throughout the legal profession…that automobile insurance policies include the aforementioned duty to defend the insured, as well as any permissive user, should a civil suit arise or the possibility of a civil claim exist,” says the complaint.
A celebrity with the wealth of Hogan would presumably use more expensive lawyers than those an insurance company might provide, but the court will have to determine what the lawyers at Zuckerman Spaeder had a duty to tell him about his options after they were engaged to deal with all the paperwork involved with the crash.
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