Missouri law firms but a Mississippi story – the Sun Herald tells it well

Anita Lee – as she does so often and so well – reminds us the motion for reconsideration filed by the two disqualified Missouri law firms is still a local story – one of two young women on the Coast denied their choice of counsel in a complaint they filed on behalf of all of us.

The firms represent two former insurance adjusters, Cori and Kerri Rigsby, in a whistle-blower’s lawsuit pending against State Farm. The lawsuit claims the company used expert opinions to defraud the federal flood insurance program after Katrina.

If anything, the Rigsbys’ lawyers say, State Farm should be disqualified. Continue reading “Missouri law firms but a Mississippi story – the Sun Herald tells it well”

In This Episode of the Jeffersons is Another Indictment: Keeping it All in the Family (Updated)

According to the Times Picayune this time it is Betty Jefferson, sister to the Congressman. She joins her two brothers who are also under federal indictment. Here is the Times Picayune story:

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten is expected to announce this afternoon that 4th District Assessor Betty Jefferson, an elder sister of U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, has been indicted on fraud-related charges by a federal grand jury. At least one other sibling, the previously indicted Mose Jefferson, is also expected to face additional charges, sources close to the case said.

Letten has scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. He declined to comment.

Sources close to the investigation say the charges are the culmination of a probe into charities run by members of the Jefferson family and their allies. In a rare move, the FBI announced it was investigating the nonprofits after a 2006 Times-Picayune story revealed apparent self-dealing at them. Continue reading “In This Episode of the Jeffersons is Another Indictment: Keeping it All in the Family (Updated)”

The Largest Katrina Insurance Verdict Yet Handed Down Yesterday

The verdict yesterday in favor of Robert’s Fresh Markets in New Orleans has set the bar for sheer dollars awarded in Katrina insurance litigation. The insurer is one that most people have never heard of, United Fire and Casualty Company. They also happened to be my business insurer when Katrina struck.

While it took me right at 15 17 months to settle my business claim with United it was chump change against the damage suffered by Robert’s. My own sense at the time after Katrina dealing with them is that the company’s claims adjusting process was overwhelmed by the scope of the disaster. The Robert’s verdict indicates they were also overwhelmed by the financial risk they took without benefit of reinsurance.

Susan Finch at the Times Picayune has the story:

The insurer for five Robert’s Fresh Markets should pay the grocery chain’s owner more than $21 million for unreasonably failing to pay what was necessary to fix Hurricane Katrina windstorm and other damage, a federal court jury ruled Monday. Continue reading “The Largest Katrina Insurance Verdict Yet Handed Down Yesterday”

A Couple of Short Stories From our Louisiana Gumbo Pot

My thanks to Bryce and Mr CLS for bringing these two news stories to our attention. The first one is short, sweet and originates out of Nashville. It represents continued bad publicity for Adams and Reese:

Local law firms have been abuzz since Friday, we hear, over claims leveled at the home office of Adams & Reese down in the Big Easy. Only New Orleans could ladle up such a jambalaya of alleged corruption and skullduggery. No mention of the firm’s Nashville office, we ought to note.

The second story concerns the price fixing lawsuit brought by former Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti while he was a short timer as AG. The implication of the report by Times Picayune writer Bill Barrow is that new Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell intends to pursue the price fixing case he inherited from Foti:

Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell, speaking Monday about his first four months in office, offered few details about his long-term strategy on hurricane-related cases filed by his predecessor. Continue reading “A Couple of Short Stories From our Louisiana Gumbo Pot”

Over a country mile – the distance between the two Missouri law firms and SKG

Who’d a thought it with the nice picture page in their Memorandum of Support to illustrate the distinct difference and long and narrow distance between the counsel in McIntosh and the qui tam counsel- but, sure enough, some folks still claimed the two firms and SKG were right up next to each other. duh!

Beats all but a song, doesn’t it?

Let’s look at the facts established by the graphic on page 15 of the Memorandum – starting with the caption that provides an explanation of the illustration.

A graphic representation of the relationships of counsel in McIntosh and qui tam counsel. The only connection from BFRG to SKG or KLG is attenuated through Scruggs presence on the initial pleading.

In other words, there is no legal basis for any action against BFRG filed under McIntosh. Continue reading “Over a country mile – the distance between the two Missouri law firms and SKG”