So interesting that one day after David Rossmiller proclaimed for the 15th time the False Claims Act case Ex Rel Rigsby was unraveling the Rigsby Sisters found a firm out of DC to take the case over. I highly recommend Rossmiller’s thread for the constant bizarre wondering of Belle’s whereabouts (the guys must be hard up for a date after reading Tammy Hardison’s deposition) along with another belated admission on Rossmiller’s part that industry money drives his blogging. Having met Belle in person I could only add she is wayyyyy too much woman for guys who get their jollies reading legal porn in depositions.
In any event our own Anita Lee tells the story of a renewed State Farm character assassination campaign that has been stopped cold by the facts as told by Ms Lobrano and the now announced hiring of Gilbert Randolph. Did Rossmiller fall for it hook line and sinker this time? LOL. Sounds to me like Galloway, Robinson and company at Butler Snow were just punked.
Ma Lobrano says Tammy Hardison is a liar, sounds like she has some proof too:
As State Farm levels new allegations against two former insurance adjusters, the sisters have found another law firm to represent them in a whistle-blower lawsuit they filed against the insurance company.
Washington-based Gilbert Randolph plans to represent the women, partner Scott Gilbert said Tuesday. The news came after State Farm accused sisters Cori and Kerri Rigsby of pursuing allegations against the insurance company because they wanted “money and fame.” The company offered sworn testimony from another adjuster and her assistant, who, like the Rigsbys, worked on State Farm claims after Hurricane Katrina……….
The Rigsbys and Scruggs-associated firms, including their lawyers, have been disqualified from participating in policyholder lawsuits against State Farm. A judge found the Scruggs lawyers violated legal ethics because the Rigsbys received a consulting salary from SKG after they lost their adjusting jobs in June 2006.
Meanwhile, Gilbert Randolph, which specializes in insurance litigation, has reviewed the Rigsbys’ lawsuit against State Farm and decided to take it on.
“We have spent a lot of time speaking with the Rigsbys,” Gilbert said. “We have found them to be very credible and impressive young women. We are looking forward to moving ahead.”
The Rigsbys’ lawsuit, filed on the U.S. government’s behalf, claims State Farm defrauded the government through the use of expert reports its vendors supplied. They say the company minimized what policyholders were owed for wind damage by blaming water covered under the federal flood program.
The Rigsbys first took their allegations to Dickie Scruggs, a nationally prominent attorney, in February 2006.
In the late 1990s, Scruggs helped engineer settlements with tobacco companies, leading to a movie, “The Insider,” and more than one book.
Two of the Rigsbys’ former co-workers on Katrina claims say the Rigsbys talked about landing a book deal and, while watching “The Insider,” speculated about who would play them in a movie. They said this happened before the women ever talked to Scruggs.
The Rigsbys have said they went to Scruggs because their mother, Pat Lobrano, recommended him. Hardison testified that Lobrano said she went to school with Scruggs, had a crush on him and voted for him for “Most Handsome.”
Lobrano has previously told the Sun Herald that she met Scruggs because he represented her former husband and they were impressed with his work. She said Tuesday that she and Scruggs never went to school together and that Kerri Rigsby was very hurt by her former friends’ allegations.
Lobrano also checked video records and found that she rented “The Insider” on Feb. 27, 2006 – after the Rigsbys met with Scruggs. Lobrano and her husband were living with Kerri Rigsby because they lost their home to Katrina – another reason State Farm says the Rigsbys went after the company, which had insured the home.
The four former friends stopped speaking after Hardison and Lee saw the Rigsbys air their allegations, wearing red State Farm jackets on ABC’s “20/20” in August 2006.
“I was shocked,” Tammy Hardison said. “I couldn’t believe that they were saying what they were saying… Because I was there and I just – I didn’t believe what they were saying and I felt like they were making it up.”
Hardison and Lee said they witnessed no wrongdoing by State Farm employees.