“The future ain’t what it use to be” for Richard “Dickie” Scruggs UPDATED with links to Motions in Limine

-but, then again, it ain’t over ’til it’s over ; and, according to a recent status report on the tangled web of legal cases, it’s not going to be over any time soon.

When famed Oxford litigator Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, his son Zach and their legal associate Sidney Backstrom are sentenced on July 2, only part of a complicated legal drama will be resolved…

it’s tough to make predictions, particularly about the future – but the prediction there’s more to come is as certain as the sun coming up in the morning. In fact, it appears State Farm filed a Response to the Scrugges recent Motion shortly after sunrise today.

Obviously, they’re having a little trouble grasping the concept of Scruggses as non-parties; but, that they are. Notheless, State Farm drags up rulings Judge Walker made when the Scrugges were parties in McIntosh v State Farm as the centerpiece of the kiss-up-to-the-judge strategy that shapes their response. Continue reading ““The future ain’t what it use to be” for Richard “Dickie” Scruggs UPDATED with links to Motions in Limine”

Solutions to the Hurricane Insurance Problem: The Dems Unite in Search of a Solution. Adams & Reese Lurks in the Shawdows of the Debate

The Wall Street Journal in a Saturday front page story by Elizabeth Williamson reports on a HR3121/S.2284 compromise being discussed by the Democrats. One thing that stood out to me in the story and something our up-to-speed Perdigao readers would know is that ProtectingAmerica.org is supposedly an Allstate front group alleged by James Perdigao to have been represented by former Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Robert Wooley in violation of Louisiana ethics rules. In her piece Williamson explains the group as State Farm, Allstate and the American Red Cross “teaming up”. James Perdigao has a different slant on ProtectingAmerica.org in his civil RICO complaint against Adams & Reese found beginning on page 40. Could the timing of this search for solutions spearheaded by ProtectingAmerica.org to coastal America’s insurance crisis be any worse? Here is the rather unflattering Wall Street Journal Story (subscription required).

As hurricane season begins, Democrats in Congress want to nationalize a chunk of the insurance business that covers major storm-damage claims.

The proposal — backed by giant insurers Allstate Corp. and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., as well as Florida lawmakers — focuses on “reinsurance,” the policies bought by insurers themselves to protect against catastrophic losses. The proposal envisions a taxpayer-financed reinsurance program covering all 50 states, which would essentially backstop the giant insurers in case of disaster. Continue reading “Solutions to the Hurricane Insurance Problem: The Dems Unite in Search of a Solution. Adams & Reese Lurks in the Shawdows of the Debate”

Adams Family Values Part 1: Get Out Before the Implosion

Big hat tip to our reader Bryce who alerted us to the Adams and Reese departures in Nashville. From the Nashville Post (subscription required):

Three partners are leaving Adams and Reese to launch their own tax firm – but they’re not (sic) going very far. Continue reading “Adams Family Values Part 1: Get Out Before the Implosion”