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Director Sam Raimi Sues Insurance Broker

LOS ANGELES (CN) - "Spider-Man" movie director Sam Raimi claims in court that his insurance broker defrauded him of $72,000.

Raimi and his Los Angeles-based company Raimi Productions sued Jerry Goldman and J.B. Goldman Insurance Co. in Superior Court, alleging fraudulent misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment, constructive fraud and other offenses.

Raimi claims J.B. Goldman brokered homeowners' and excess personal liability insurance for him from 2004 until 2011, when he discovered that Goldman had been sued for alleged negligent or fraudulent misrepresentations.

"Plaintiffs through their agents and/or representatives, requested directly from their insurer, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, the most recent policy brokered by defendants to determine whether the amount invoiced by defendants for that policy was an overstatement of the policy's actual premium," the complaint states. "Through this inquiry, plaintiffs learned that the actual premium for the policy most recently procured by defendants was thousands of dollars lower than the premium amount represented and charged by, and paid by plaintiffs to, defendants for that policy."

Raimi claims that his new insurance broker confirmed that the invoices J.B. Goldman had sent him were false, that the defendant had redacted the name of the insurance broker who had bought the coverage, and overcharged Raimi by as much as $72,783.

"Defendants also failed to provide accurate information regarding the actual premiums charged by insurers, and failed to advise plaintiffs that they were purporting to charge 'fees' in addition to commissions, which fees were not disclosed, were not authorized, and were not reasonable," according to the complaint.

Raimi claims J.B. Goldman may have "illegally issued certificates of insurance without appointments" with Fireman's Fund, and "improperly withheld and failed to refund unearned premiums, commissions, and/or fees resulting from cancellation of certain policies or coverage."

Gillian Greene and Craig Jacobson are also named as plaintiffs.

Raimi seeks restitution and compensatory and punitive damages.

He is represented by Kirk Pasich with Dickstein Shapiro of Los Angeles.

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