Life of a 6 Figure Cat Adjuster After Katrina

Since the latest round of depositions has the folks at Dunn Carney and Yall politics very excited with new revelations involving the sex lives of the Rigsby sisters I thought I’d post a picture of the working conditions these highly trained, licensed professionals had to work under on the coast post Katrina. My own adjuster had the added bonus of experiencing the smell of tons of three week old rotting chicken and pork belly that littered my neighborhood in West Gulfport. Certainly this must have been great stimulus for her libido. More on this Renfroe adjuster in a bit.

I noted over the weekend several of our regular commenters corrected the notion that a good cat adjuster didn’t make great money, especially after the 2004 hurricane season. In hindsight Sid’s comments were also a signal of the renewed Rigsby sister character assassination to come.

Make no mistake this is all out war as State Farm and their shill apologists try to crush the Rigsby sisters before their very specific and detailed allegations of claims dumping on the NFIP are explored. The slabbed here know this and how this perverted use of the legal system has diminished justice for us and every taxpayer that was likely bilked into paying for wind damage that should have come from the treasury of a private insurer. Continue reading “Life of a 6 Figure Cat Adjuster After Katrina”

Former Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown on Rising Louisiana Insurance Rates

Our local readers certainly remember Jim Brown as the former Louisiana Insurance Commissioner who was railroaded by the Feds in the late 90’s. Jim also reads slabbed.

He sent me the full text of his blog’s feature article and I’m reproducing it fully here at slabbed. There may have been a tech mixup with our last exchange of emails Jim so if I’m taking too much liberty please let me know. This new “publish to blog” feature in office rocks!


Thursday, July 26th, 2008

Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Two years ago, Louisiana legislators were demanding rate relief for thousands of homeowners and drivers who were witnessing skyrocketing insurance rates. Cries were heard from the steps of the state Capitol urging the Governor to support subsidies in order to lower the cost of insurance. Lawmakers were calling for an insurance summit to deal with a growing crisis throughout the state. So where are we now? Louisiana continues to lead the country in high insurance rates. And in this past session of the Legislature, lawmakers passed legislation that will raise the cost of insurance across the board even more. 

Not only does Louisiana have the highest insurance rates in a broad range of categories, Continue reading “Former Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown on Rising Louisiana Insurance Rates”

O-U-T spells out goes you – State Farm responds to Provost Umphrey's interest in Rigsby Qui Tam

Hopefully bellesouth and/or Sop have fresher eyes than mine and can add to my few comments about State Farm’s response in opposition to Provost Umphrey’s Motion for Leave to discuss representation of their qui tam case with the Rigsby siters. h/t Y’all.

Unlike the various motions to disqualify, this one has a reasoned argument and I expect the Reply from Provost Umphrey to do likewise. Consequently, I’m going to hold my opinion until I have the opportunity to compare arguments on the key points.

Provost Umphrey’s Motion for Leave should be denied for two central reasons: Continue reading “O-U-T spells out goes you – State Farm responds to Provost Umphrey's interest in Rigsby Qui Tam”

A Few Thoughts and Observations on Pelosi's Bay St Louis Visit

I haven’t had much time for blogging of late as other responsibilities have taken up most of my time. Before too much time slipped away I wanted to give some personal impressions of Gene Taylor’s Insurance Town Hall meeting held exactly one week ago. First, as predicted by the Clarion Ledger’s editorial board the event was indeed “a partisan rally for needed change.”
Courtesy of First-Draft

The political speeches on coastal insurance issues by Representatives Larson, Hoyer and Israel, all representing the coastal Northeast reminded me of this picture I found on First-Draft that accompanied their post on the NFIP re authorization.

During my relative absence from slabbed I noted this comment from Karen who is now feeling our pain on Long Beach Island New Jersey. So is her US Representative.

I live on Long Beach Island and have had State Farm Insurance since 1982. Ihave never had a claim and we have never had any damage from storms ever since my family owned the home since 1940’s. Continue reading “A Few Thoughts and Observations on Pelosi's Bay St Louis Visit”

I'm Poppin' in for Just a Sec

I have a bunch of catching up to do. I’ve not seen a newspaper since last Friday and have been too busy to blog. So while I’m gone making some gold here are a couple of youtube videos on the topic of gold. First is the link to the Munich 2005 performance my cyber friend Cap attended.


And from the movie. Why do I think of Edward Rust when I watch the second clip? Continue reading “I'm Poppin' in for Just a Sec”

Levee lawyer dealing with breech of a different kind

Over at the Ladder, you’ll find a new twist in the lawsuit of news anchor Norman Robinson and others against the Army Corp of Engineers – it seems the lead attorney L.A. lawyer Pierce O’Donnel is facing indictment over contributions to the Edwards campaign but not the current one. The charges date from contributions made in 2003.

In looking for background on the lawsuit itself, I found and figured out [at last!] how to link this memory refreshing video – take a look and then read more about the case.
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more about “When the Levee Breaks“, posted with vodpod
If you, too, thought Louisiana courts had decided the case against the Corps could not move forward, you may also be surprised to learn there have been at least two big class action suits filed against the Corps. Here’s some background from a NYT story about one dismissed with this Order issued by the Federal Judge who is also hearing the Robinson case.

Continue reading “Levee lawyer dealing with breech of a different kind”

Hot as hell but a lot more fun – the Neshoba County Fair

It’s a bi-partisan political party held in a hillbilly version of Seaside – seven miles south of Philadelphia, according to the story in today’s Clarion Ledger.

One of the last campground fairs in America, the Neshoba County Fair is one of Mississippi’s most unique and storied cultural events. It features the only licensed racetrack in Mississippi and for 10 days each year the fairgrounds becomes a city with more than 10,000 residents complete with police and fire protection, emergency medical services, water and sewer systems and a program of country, gospel and rock entertainment that draws fans from across the state.

The Fair was entered on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

For visitors, there is the novelty of the campground fair, but for residents, it is a renewal of a more than century-long tradition of families gathering for fellowship, food and fun.

Founder’s Square is the place to be on Wednesday and Thursday. Insurance Commission Chaney, the Governor and Senator Cochran will be there along with a host of others – including Attorney General Hood, Senator Wicker and Senate candidate Musgrove. Click here for the speaking schedule. Continue reading “Hot as hell but a lot more fun – the Neshoba County Fair”

More food for thought…

We posted a lot of legal and insurance food for thought during the week and I thought others might find Nola Cuisine, the newest addition to our blogroll, a good desert. Be sure and check out the links on this site, too. I particularly enjoyed the Crescent City Farmer’s Market.

Over at the New Orleans Ladder, you’ll find this interesting story on the risk of levee failure in none other than Washington, D.C. – speaking of “we’re all in this together”.

I also found an old friend, the Insurance Transparency Project, is a new and interesting place.

Enjoy all and your weekend.

No "ex" just that you aren't a parte' – Moultrie responds to Carothers motion to quash

As a hungry non-lawyer, I take exception to Rule 3F – file at five Friday.

It’s now past 6:30 and I’ve just finished pulling, reading and posting Moultrie’s response and the two exhibits. (see all on USA v Moultrie under Legal on the left sidebar).

Needless to say, this is going to be short – no talking cows – just the text submitted in response to Carothers’ claim the subpoena was issued ex-parte reported here on SLABBED.

The application for the subpoena was not made ex parte, i.e., “in the absence of the other party,” but in the presence of the other party in this case – the Government.

In all of the cases cited by CCC, the Government is one of the parties who moved to quash the subpoena because the application for the subpoena was made by non-indigent defendants to the court ex parte, without service or notice of the motion for the subpoena being served upon the Government. These facts are clearly different from the instant case. Here all parties were given notice of the motion, the polar opposite of an ex parte proceeding. Rule 17 does not require that the recipient of the subpoena be given notice – that is what Rule 17(c)(2)’s procedures are for, and those are the very grounds for CCC’s motion to challenge the sufficiency of the items requested in the subpoena.

Thus, failure to provide notice to CCC, who is not a party to this case, is not cause to quash the subpoena.

Grab your good reading glasses and whatever you need to get comfortable before you dig into this 29-page response. I’m sure Sop will add comments later and know I will – after dinner.

Renfroe wants satisfaction, opposes Scruggs attempt to pay

Bellesouth’s Wednesday morning post reported Scruggs’ motion to release security and settle the fine for civil contempt – an effort Renfroe calls illusory in a response in opposition that shows about as much class as a Christi Brinkley divorce.

In his Motion Scruggs seeks to satisfy the joint and several judgment against him and Defendants Cori Rigsby (Moran) and Kerri Rigsby (“Defendants”) for civil contempt sanctions by the conditional and non-final release of $65,000 plus interest held by this Court as security against Scruggs’ pending appeal of those civil contempt sanctions.

Defendants did not appeal the contempt sanctions, and the judgment against them for $65,000 plus interest became final against them on July 5, 2008.

On July 10, 2008, this Court ordered Defendants to pay the contempt sanctions that were final against them by July 24, 2008 or face additional sanctions.

On July 24, 2008, Scruggs filed this Motion purportedly seeking to satisfy the joint and several judgment on the conditionthat he gets his money back ifhe wins his appeal.

Scruggs’ carefully timed attempt to satisfy the judgment by releasing the deposited funds to Renfroe is illusory because it is conditional. The illusory, temporary payment by Scruggs would not satisfy the Defendants’ judgment because it is conditional and not a permanent payment to which Renfroe is entitled. Should, arguendo, Scruggs win his appeal, Renfroe would have no satisfaction from the Defendants, against whom the judgment is final and owing. Renfroe would be unfairly deprived of its justly won award against the Defendants. (emphasis added) Continue reading “Renfroe wants satisfaction, opposes Scruggs attempt to pay”