Breaking: The Lisanbys Ask Judge Bridges to Reconsider Punis (Updated)

The Admiral is clearly pissed at USAA and isn’t letting up. I don’t see Judge Bridges changing his mind again. Karen Nelson has the breaking story at the Sun Herald:

Attorneys for the Lisanbys in their Katrina case against insurer USAA have filed a motion Monday asking Circuit Court Judge Billy Bridges to reconsider and let a jury decide punitive damages. 

The Lisanbys, Admiral James Lisanby and his wife Gladys, won a verdict Friday in their case against USAA in Circuit Court. The jury awarded $910,000, saying wind had a hand in destroying their home and that the elderly couple suffered because of their insurer’s decision to deny all but $46,000 of their claim. Continue reading “Breaking: The Lisanbys Ask Judge Bridges to Reconsider Punis (Updated)”

We Also Have a New Filing in Perdigao v Adams & Reese

Adams and Reese has replied to Perdigao’s Memo aganst dismissing his Racketeering Complaint. Belle tells me that in the filing Adamas & Reese mentioned seeing the RICO fact statement. If they have seen it we’re not finding it on PACER. Then again the A&R reply uses a different case number so who knows?

NAAS and Sally, enjoy!

sop

We Have the Beef Plant Superseding Indictment

Our Georgia based readers that have been asking can find it here.  Also we welcome the many Mississippi based readers interested in this case sent here by our friend Alan Lange at Yallpolitics.

Our Georgia based readers have favored this thread for the beef discussion.

sop

It’s Time Slabbed Busted a Nutt…

Brown v Nutt that is. Our readers may remember Maria Brown as the horny legal secretary that once worked for Scruggs Katrina Group member Nutt & McAlister. She arrived on the public scene precisely when all hell was breaking loose with the Scruggs criminal indictment telling a tale of sexual harassment in her complaint against the firm including bonus allegations regarding document handling that was used by State Farm and Renfroe in Renfroe v Rigsby.

When Nutt & McAlister lawyer Chris Shapley of the Brunini firm reminded Ms Brown that her work on Renfroe v Rigsby was confidential, she responded by reporting him to the bar and including him as a defendant in her second amended complaint. I’ll be completely honest and disclose the escalation from zero to nasty in 2.3 seconds caused me to wonder if her attorney Louis Watson Jr was mentally retarded. He certainly is no Clarence Darrow.

The allegations all sounded good until Nutt & McAlister filed their response to her complaint including exhibits which revealed Ms Brown as a woman fascinated by the male sexual reproductive organ who would set up sexual trysts with her lover John Doe while on company time. After that response was filed, the federal court ruled against letting her amend the complaint. I imagine the case is on life support but now it is time for the defendants to rise to the occasion and provide more background as John Doe filed for a protective order to prevent further details of his relationship with Ms Brown from erupting into the public domain. Continue reading “It’s Time Slabbed Busted a Nutt…”

The $50,000 question about the downfall of Dickie Scruggs

The amount of the bribe – small potatoes to a man with the wealth of Dickie Scruggs and, as it turned out, sweet ones at that – accounted in large part for the stunned reaction to his indictment captured in the Wall Street Journal interview with author John Grisham.

This doesn’t sound like the Dickie Scruggs that I know. . . . When you know Dickie, and how successful he has been, you could not believe he would be involved in such a boneheaded bribery scam that is not in the least bit sophisticated.”

The juxtaposition of his wealth, the small amount of money involved in the bribe, and a needless crime created a picture that remained out of focus even as he was sentenced.

…the amount of the bribe, in this case, that was paid, $50,000 – – 40,000 actually delivered and $10,000 more written, transferred to Balducci to supposedly give to Judge Lackey…The Court does not feel that $50,000 is – – is a reasonable figure to use in calculating the seriousness of this crime.

While reading around this morning, I found a comment that sharpened the picture a bit. Continue reading “The $50,000 question about the downfall of Dickie Scruggs”

Back When Virtually Nobody was Reading Us…….

Brother Bruce over at the New Orleans News Ladder was linking us and giving us exposure to his readers. He helped get us on the cyber-map and for that we are eternally grateful. Other blogs that grace our selective blogroll such as We Saw That and Central Louisiaina Politics found us and vice versa because of Editilla d’Aphasia’s vigilance on bringing various sources of information together. He watches our backs too picking up stories we miss. I start my day with him and hope our readers do too.

The Editilla is the Master of Disaster with lots of soulas and some beautiful children to boot. His endorsement yesterday again makes us blush. So we figure Belle is Molly, I’m HL and Nowdy is Clarence. God help us all.  😉

Sein Fein Brother Bruce!

sop

Around the GO Zone in 60 Seconds: Divvying up $200 million, Bay Grocery Plan, Habitat and Putting on the Blitz, Gulfport Library Building Slated for Discussion and NOLA GO Zone Bonds Going Unused

Time is very short for me today so I’m going to dive straight in.  First up is the plan for spending the $200 million dollars of Hurricane Katrina relief funds recently allocated to Hancock County. I have news for Wayne Brown at MDOT, they had better make use of the recovery money for Highway 603 or he is liable to find a bunch of angry residents with baseball bats looking for him. JR Welsh at the Sun Herald has the story:

What has been a closely held secret by some local governments has now become public – who may get what from nearly $200 million in federal money for long-term recovery projects countywide.

It hasn’t yet been officially approved by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, but a proposed list has been sent to Washington from the Mississippi Development Authority. The list of projects approved to split $198.4 million in grant money contains good news for some agencies and bad news for others. Continue reading “Around the GO Zone in 60 Seconds: Divvying up $200 million, Bay Grocery Plan, Habitat and Putting on the Blitz, Gulfport Library Building Slated for Discussion and NOLA GO Zone Bonds Going Unused”