The Times Picayune & James Gill Chime in Again on the Perdigao Saga

The explosive allegations leveled by Jamie Perdigao are still making the news in New Orleans. First some more local political background¬†and some insight from Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino on the ethics surrounding the property transactions involving Robert Guidry’s lawyer Ralph Capitelli.

It remains to be seen whether the wide-ranging claims of corruption made by former Adams and Reese partner and accused thief Jamie Perdigao in a couple of recent court filings have any merit, or if they are, as some of Perdigao’s targets say, the ravings of a desperate man.

But some of his tales could find their way into political campaigns this fall — in particular, his allegations about defense lawyer Ralph Capitelli, who is running for district attorney, and Traffic Court Judge Ronald Sholes, a candidate for 4th Circuit Court of Appeal.

In his suit, Perdigao accurately describes how Capitelli bought a condo in partnership with a federal prosecutor. The question is whether the conclusion Perdigao draws from it is accurate. Continue reading “The Times Picayune & James Gill Chime in Again on the Perdigao Saga”

State Farm agents win battle in LA court but may lose the war

Let’s start with news from Louisiana that reduces the value of the service provided by insurance agents – and sticks taxpayers with yet another tab.

U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi dismissed the Cameron Parish School Board’s lawsuit against State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. and agent Enos Derbonne.

The practical application of the judge’s ruling is that consumers have no reason to believe their State Farm agent will help them find the coverage they need when it’s more than the maximum available under the federal flood insurance program. Continue reading “State Farm agents win battle in LA court but may lose the war”

Hey, Sop, are you suggesting the $30 million wasn’t chump change to Adams and Reese but part of another deal?

On information and belief, the firm was given a free pass in exchange for implicitly agreeing that it would walk away from a claim on plaintiffs seized assets, allowing the government to claim a large forfeiture. Paragraph 153 Peridago v Adams and Reese (civil RICO)

Well, on that information and total disbelief that anyone would steal $30,000,000 and not spend a dime, there’s got to be a lot more to the story for Adams and Reese to allow the government to keep it.

Indications are the $30,000,000 is the talk-of-the-town, again. Perdigao’s claim he was authorized by Adams & Reese to endorse and deposit checks is gaining some traction with the filing of the Complaint (posted under Legal on the left sidebar)

According to the story in the ABA Journal posted on SLABBED yesterday, its unusual for a lawyer stealing money to just bank the money. Continue reading “Hey, Sop, are you suggesting the $30 million wasn’t chump change to Adams and Reese but part of another deal?”