Breaking News – Moultrie files Motion to Dismiss UPDATED

No grass growing in this pasture – that’s for sure. Here’s Moultrie’s Motion to Dismiss filed today and picked up by eagle-eye bellesouth. The Motion is inclusive of a supporting memorandum of law. The Project Management Agreement was filed as an exhibit to the Motion.

Both documents are posted under USA v Moultrie in the left sidebar.

I’m going to finish reading and hope that Sop gets to his computer and puts comments up first!

Obviously, Sop’s not back at his computer so here goes…

Backstrom to report to Arkansas facility August 4

Anita Lee has the story along with a pdf of the letter of assignment.

Attorney Sidney Backstrom has been notified that he should report to a low-security prison camp in Arkansas to spend 28 months in prison for conspiring with Dickie Scruggs to bribe a state court judge.

Backstrom had asked when he was sentenced to serve his time in Arkansas because he will be near his wife’s family. His attorney was notified by federal court officials that he should report by 2 p.m., Aug. 4 to the Federal Correctional Institution Satellite Camp in Forrest City, Ark.

There’s bound to be something appropriate to add but I can’t think what it might be and so I simply offer Anita’s story with nothing else said.

The Beef Plant Case Mooves Forward. New Filings From Team Moultrie.

To catch our Beef Plants readers up we start with this AP story that ran in the Sun Herald.

A businessman facing charges in a beef plant debacle that cost Mississippi taxpayers millions of dollars wants to block the testimony of a witness who admitted paying kickbacks in the case.

Robert Moultrie, chairman and chief executive of the Facility Group of Smyrna, Ga., and two other company executives were charged in a 16-count indictment in June. Moultrie, Nixon Cawood Jr. and Charles Morehead all are free on bond and deny wrongdoing.

They are charged with submitting invoices for work not performed and fraudulently inflating prices for the company, hired in 2003 to help design and manage construction of the Mississippi Beef Processors plant in Oakland. Prosecutors say the three also made corrupt political contributions.

Faulty equipment and lack of operating funds shut the 140,000-square-foot plant in 2004, just three months after it opened. Nearly 400 people were left without jobs. Mississippi taxpayers were stuck with $55 million in state-backed loans. Continue reading “The Beef Plant Case Mooves Forward. New Filings From Team Moultrie.”

Mississippi writer pens Katrina story – twice!

Greenville’s Julia Reed – a senior writer at Vogue; a contributing editor at Newsweek; and a food writer for The New York Times, author of Queen of the Turtle Derby – probably backs up her grocery list after twice writing her latest book, the House on First Street: My New Orleans Story.

New Orleans’ road to recovery continues to this day. But the road to The House on First Street was a hard one too, because in the epilogue, we read of Reed’s no end of rotten luck. Roughly a year ago, her book was ready for the publisher. But a burglar got his hands on some things: the author’s TVs, some jewelry — and her computer. She’d backed up exactly one chapter of her book.

Renovation of a house. Recovery of a whole city. It’s all in how you look at it, but try rewriting a book from scratch. Reed did. She had to. And it’s hard to imagine the lost version being funnier, more exasperating, and more affecting. For fans of Reed’s previous book, the best-selling Queen of the Turtle Derby, I don’t have to tell you.

Actually, it’s not hard to imagine after reading this review in the Memphis Flyer – or to imagine a more candid assessment of NOLA before-and-after than Julia provided in responding to the Q&A.

My publisher wanted a book about New Orleans that would have staying power. I don’t know if I’ve done that. It is very much a description of a place before, during, and after. In a way, I’m hoping it stands up as a love letter. Continue reading “Mississippi writer pens Katrina story – twice!”

Allstate takes off "boxing gloves" and settles 8-year-old case that drew $7 million fine

Missouri has the biggest insurance news story of the weekend – although it took a hint on the All Board and a lot of digging to get it to surface with all the news of IndyMac.

Allstate Insurance Co. has agreed to settle an insurance case that had attracted national attention over the insurer’s refusal — and eventual agreement — to provide key documents on how it evaluates and pays claims.

The case stems from an accident eight years ago on Interstate 70 involving Allstate policyholder Paul Aldridge, of Hawaii, who struck a truck from behind, severely injuring the driver. Aldridge later sued Allstate for bad faith after it refused for years to pay a claim.

Attorneys for both Aldridge and the accident victim, Dale Deer, of Warrensburg, requested a set of records prepared by consultant McKinsey & Co. on behalf of the insurance company that showed how it set up a claims payment system in the 1990s that was aimed at generating big earnings while keeping claims payments low.

One of the slides was titled “Good Hands or Boxing Gloves,” a take on the company’s slogan, “You’re in good hands with Allstate.” Continue reading “Allstate takes off "boxing gloves" and settles 8-year-old case that drew $7 million fine”