A Marine Insurance Fraud in the Star Chamber

in STAR CHAMBER MATTERS: THE COURT AND ITS RECORDS 155–174 (K.J. Kesselring & Natalie Mears, eds., 2021).

20 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2021

Date Written: September 30, 2021

Abstract

The Star Chamber was an active forum for litigating cases of fraud in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. But some complaints alleging fraud were themselves fraudulent. This book chapter provides a detailed study of a 1613 Star Chamber suit claiming marine insurance fraud against London- and Amsterdam-based merchant insurers, which was allegedly committed in Livorno, Italy by two Portuguese crypto-Jews and a young English merchant. But did the fraud actually occur, or did the accuser invent the whole story?

Keywords: fraud; insurance; anti-semitism; England; Star Chamber

Suggested Citation

Kadens, Emily, A Marine Insurance Fraud in the Star Chamber (September 30, 2021). in STAR CHAMBER MATTERS: THE COURT AND ITS RECORDS 155–174 (K.J. Kesselring & Natalie Mears, eds., 2021)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3962603

Emily Kadens (Contact Author)

Northwestern University School of Law ( email )

600 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
United States

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