A lawsuit by the insurance company that paid off an allegedly bogus claim by lawyer
“The scope of Murdaugh’s depravity is without precedent in Western jurisprudence,” asserts the lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court by
Murdaugh had a
The lawsuit names as defendants Murdaugh; his longtime friend of him, lawyer
The new lawsuit also names
Murdaugh and Fleming already face criminal charges in that scheme to channel insurance money to them from Satterfield’s heirs. The charges were detailed in March state grand jury indictments and roughly parallel the allegations in a civil lawsuit brought last September by Satterfield’s heirs against Murdaugh, Fleming and Westendorf.
According to those already-publicized civil and criminal allegations, Murdaugh hatched a plot after Satterfield died of injuries in a
Murdaugh arranged for the sons to use Fleming as their lawyer and Westendorf as their personal representative, to serve as their trustee and handle the money, according to charges.
Eventually, at least two insurance companies including Nautilus paid off more than
Nautilus’ lawsuit repeats those allegations and asserts fresh details:
Murdaugh pressured Nautilus to settle the claim, threatening a suit for bad faith against Nautilus if it refused to pay policy limits.
Murdaugh was abusive toward the Nautilus adjuster handling the claim and demanded Nautilus pay its full policy limits, threatening that if the case against him were filed and went to trial, he would admit liability before a jury — which would expose the insurance company to a high verdict against it.
Immediately after Satterfield’s fall on
After Satterfield died, Murdaugh began to claim that Satterfield was at his property that day, not to perform work for Murdaugh and his family, but to collect a check for work performed for someone else, thus avoiding a worker’s compensation defense.” That apparently would have resulted in cutting Murdaugh and his associates out of the loop in any future compensation payments.
Murdaugh also began to tell “multiple third parties in
During the whole affair, Murdaugh and Fleming were “effectively co-counsel and … unknownst to Nautilus, Murdaugh was not a bona fide insured seeking coverage, but rather was coordinating the handling of the claim with Fleming–including sending correspondence related to the case on Murdaugh’s firm’s letterhead and preparing and delivering disbursement sheets…,” the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit also alleged that Murdaugh, Fleming and Westendorf made “no effort” to alert the Satterfield heirs of the insurance money they received.
Both Murdaugh’s and Fleming’s law licenses have been suspended.
Neither Westendorf nor a lawyer representing him could be reached Wednesday afternoon for comment.
Lawyers for Nautilus are
Murdaugh has been in the
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