Rigsby sisters get a wheel on the track in Alabama UPDATED

Anita Lee has the story of Judge Ackers ruling yesterday in Renfroe v Rigsby along with a copy of his order denying Renfroe’s motion to compel – and today’s updated version.

Two Ocean Springs sisters who adjusted State Farm Katrina claims already are bound by a court ruling to return company records they took, a federal judge has ruled in denying a motion to compel the women to turn over missing records.

Alabama-based E.A. Renfroe claims that former employees Cori and Kerri Rigsby violated a employee confidentiality agreement and the Alabama Trade Secrets Act when they took State Farm Katrina records in late 2005 through June 2006. The sisters say they took the records because State Farm was trying to cheat policyholders, an allegation the company denies… Continue reading “Rigsby sisters get a wheel on the track in Alabama UPDATED”

State Farm’s rebuttal to response from the Ribsby sisters’ Qui Tam attorneys

State Farm attorneys whittled their 70 page reply down to this 15-page rebuttal – and approximately 150 pages of exhibits that choked my computer around 5:30. bellesouth was able to break these pages out so we could post them tonight and we’ll keep working on the exhibitzzzzzzz (a hint that you may have trouble staying awake reading).

As a non-lawyer, I somehow thought the relationship between response and reply (rebuttal) was a point- counter point. Obviously, it’s not as this reads more like a decision – and not a presentation of points for a judge to consider in his decision-making. For example, the first point of rebuttal is: Continue reading “State Farm’s rebuttal to response from the Ribsby sisters’ Qui Tam attorneys”

News of settling and unsettling news – such is the life of the slabbed

This week’s Katrina news came in snapshots that slowly revealed a rather disturbing picture. Let’s take a look starting with the motion filed by Lumpkin & Reeves to clarify the firm’s eligibility in McIntosh v State Farm.

While I was trying to decide where to post the motion, State Farm filed a response – their opposition was not surprising but I was far from the only one shocked by their undocumented reference to supporting blog comments.

Given the first hit for this search, I felt cited-sub-silentio by this sentence: “As several commentors have observed, the KLG’s highly unethical acts have exposed its constituent law firms to potential lawsuits for legal malpractices by their clients.” Do you think they had any particular commentor in mind?

What really blew me away, however, was this documented reference to State Farm’s unethical conduct contained in the Lumpkin-Reeves reply. Continue reading “News of settling and unsettling news – such is the life of the slabbed”

Slabbed Welcomes our Georgia Based Readers

I’ve been reading some of our incoming links and found some very insightful analysis of the Facility Group including some of the problems the indictments of Robert Moultrie and others has impacted business back in Georgia. First is the news story then some juicy message board tidbits.

Executives with the firm hired to design the new Madison County jail have been indicted in Mississippi, accused of bribing a state official in hopes of securing a lucrative building contract.

Three executives with The Facility Group were indicted on 15 counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy to corruptly influence a public official.

This information “is extremely troubling,” said Madison County Sheriff John Ledford, “and could be devastating to the (plans for the) jail.”

The Facility Group was hired in November to design the new Madison County detention center because the firm said it could provide “all the services” needed in design and construction.

But now, Ledford and Larry Leake, who was county attorney when the plans for a new jail were first discussed, say the federal indictments throw a shadow on The Facility Group’s credibility. Continue reading “Slabbed Welcomes our Georgia Based Readers”