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On January 6, 1996 the owner and operator of a Howard Johnson’s franchise motel intentionally set it on fire as part of an arson for profit scheme designed to collect a $5 million insurance claim. The motel had been originally built and remodeled as a Holiday Inn franchise with an interior atrium. While many escaped this horrible event, four people were killed and sixteen others were injured. The resulting lawsuit named approximately two- dozen defendants. We represented a primary defendant in extensive pretrial discovery and motion practice and were able to obtain a favorable resolution for our client.