The ABC brings word that QBE insurance has pulled out of the quixotic compensation suit for the 2003 bushfires currently enriching the legal profession in the Supreme Court.
QBE is the third insurer to pull out of the proceedings.
NRMA was the first to withdraw in December last year while Suncorp Metway ceased proceedings at the start of the hearing last month.
The departures have significantly reduced the number of plaintiffs involved in the hearing.
More than 600 plaintiffs were initially involved in the hearing and there are now just over 100 seeking compensation.
Those that remain are vowing to make their lawyers richer for as long as it takes.