*Versloot Dredging BV and another v HDI Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG and others

Insurance – Fraudulent insurance claim. In the course of a shipping claim, the Court of Appeal, Civil Division, considered whether the rule whereby a fraudulent claim deprived the insured of any right to recover anything applied also in the case of 'fraudulent devices', namely statements made recklessly or with knowledge of their untruth to support a claim that was honestly believed to be true. In dismissing the claimant owners' appeal, the court held that the rule was to be applied in such circumstances and that it was proportionate for it to do so.

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