Chutzpah! Fraudster Sues Twice

Res Judicata Requires Fraudster to Lose Again After it Sues Again

Forcing Two Courts to Deal With a $366.64 Fraudulent Claim is Chutzpah

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Integrated Pain Management, PLLC, sought $366.64 in no-fault insurance benefits for medical services it rendered to assignor Mikwan Murphy on August 16, 2018 although the insurer had already obtained a judgment that the claim was fraudulent.

In Integrated Pain Management, PLLC, as assignee of Mikwam Murphy v. Empire Fire & Marine Insurance Company, 2023 NY Slip Op 50219(U), Index No. CV-712234-21/BX, Civil Court of the City of New York, Bronx County (March 22, 2023) the services allegedly provided by Integrated consisted of treatment for injuries Murphy allegedly sustained in an automobile accident on July 22, 2018. Defendant moved for summary judgment contending that plaintiff was barred by the doctrines of res judicata, collateral estoppel, and law of the case from relitigating the issue of coverage for this claim. Plaintiff ignored the motion.


In 2019, Empire Fire commenced a declaratory judgment action in Kings County Supreme Court against Integrated Pain Management and Murphy, among others. In that case, Empire Fire alleged that Integrated Pain Management and Murphy participated in an insurance fraud scheme in which rented vehicles would intentionally get into “accidents” with unsuspecting third-party drivers. The drivers and passengers in the rented vehicles would receive payments of up to $1,500, and in exchange for those payments would seek medical treatment from certain designated medical providers, who would seek reimbursement under Empire Fire’s no-fault insurance policy.

On April 8, 2021, Supreme Court granted default judgment for Empire Fire, ruling in relevant part that Empire Fire was not contractually obligated to reimburse Integrated Pain Management for the services it rendered to Murphy arising from the July 22, 2018 accident because the alleged losses were not the result of an “accident” as contemplated by the insurance policy.


Given Supreme Court’s ruling that contractually there is no no-fault coverage for the July 22, 2018 purported “accident.” Since Integrated Pain Management and Murphy were both parties to the Brooklyn Action and the claims again from the very same “accident” at issue in that case.

Under res judicata, or claim preclusion, a valid final judgment bars future actions between the same parties on the same cause of action. The doctrine applies if the issue in the second action is identical to an issue which was raised, necessarily decided and material in the first action, and the plaintiff had a full and fair opportunity to litigate the issue in the earlier action.

The Court found that defendant met its prima facie burden for summary judgment under the doctrines of res judicata and collateral estoppel. Plaintiff sought to wrongfully relitigate the identical issue raised and decided against it in the Brooklyn Action.

Defendant’s motion for summary judgment seeking dismissal of the complaint was granted and the case was dismissed with prejudice.


Fraud perpetrators in the state of New York, like the Plaintiff, have the unmitigated gall to sue an insurer twice for the same fraudulent scheme, waste the time of the courts by causing the courts to rule twice on the same issue and, in my opinion, should face sanctions and punishment from the court and a referral to the prosecutors for criminal prosecution.

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