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Battle with insurers gets some super assistance

An Alabama lawyer is getting a little help from Superman in his battle with the insurance industry.

Actor Christopher Reeve has asked court permission to file briefs against binding arbitration required by many insurance policies. Reeve has been paralyzed since he broke his neck in a fall from a horse in 1995."I have had a catastrophic injury and am now disabled," he said in court papers. "One of the hardest things I have had to do since my disability is to deal with insurance companies. I found them to try to set up any roadblocks they can to keep from paying legitimate claims."

In January, Montgomery attorney Jere Beasley filed a lawsuit challenging binding arbitration on behalf of a client. The arbitration requirement often means policy-holders cannot sue insurance companies.