Motions to dismiss Exponent, Inc., and the Structures Group as defendants in the Rigsby qui tam case were filed last week. Both were expected after the Rigsby sisters stated the intent in their Response to the second set of dispositive motions.
In a related move, attorney Robert Gholson filed to make an appearance on behalf of Forensic Analysis Engineering Cooperation and subsequent filed a Joinder to dispositive motions filed by fellow defendants State Farm and E.A. Renfroe.
An interest side note is that while the group of defendants gets leaner, the Rigsbys’ legal representation was beefing up. Gilbert Randolph has recently become Gilbert Oshinsky LLP according to this story in the Washington Business Journal.Oshinksy literally wrote the book in this industry. He is a co-author of the prominent 1998 legal manual “Practitioner’s Guide to Litigating Insurance Coverage Actions.” Oshinksy was one of the lead attorneys on the Keene Corp. vs. Insurance Co. of North America case, which led to insurance law practice groups popping up across the U.S.
As a former partner at Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin and Oshinsky LLP in Los Angeles, he founded its insurance coverage practice.
“With the addition of Jerry, we can now say that there rarely has been a coverage decision or settlement of any significance in the United States that did not directly involve one or more of our firm’s attorneys,” said Scott Gilbert, founding partner of the firm, in a statement.
The firm, which also has an active public interest practice, has 37 attorneys in its D.C. office.
I’ve been busy off-blog preparing to write a description of the scheme detailed in the Rigsbys’ qui tam claim. It seemed like the thing to do after the MID report; but, I’m not convinced their investigators could have found it with a map – unless they had opened their eyes!