Heath Ledger

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“The contestability provision only allows the insurance company to contest during the time the insured was living. Since he’s dead, the insurance company’s case is dead, too, and they should pay up.”

—Washington Superior Court Judge and current mediator and arbitrator Charles Burdell Jr., regarding ReliaStar’s slimy attempt to fault on paying the late Heath Ledger’s claim due to the edgy star’s generous drug-taking, about which, of course, I’m hugely guilty of reporting. But then, I’m not an insurance company, am I? Seems they’re trying to do my job and get out of doing theirs.

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