the pause that refreshes – all but five “confidential exhibits” declassified in Schafer v State Farm

SLABBED readers were introduce to Schafer v State Farm in the scheme,  fourth chapter – the blame game:

This is a case about State Farm’s uniform, corporate-wide practice of undervaluing Louisiana insured’s property damage after Hurricane Katrina and Xactware’s active and intentional collusion. State Farm required its adjusters to use the computer program Xactimate to compute the replacement value of damaged property for as much as 60% below the actual market place value.

In the year plus since the scheme was published, the case was denied class status but, alone, Schafer v State Farm is moving toward trial set to begin on the 28th of June before Judge Africk – reportedly the most likable pro-insurance judge on the bench.  Perhaps the best background on the case published on SLABBED is found in the January 2010 post State Farm’s Protective Orders are Dispositive Motions in disguise.

Now for the Order released on PACER today – one I’ve been waiting for since September 3, 2009 when the Schafer’s filed a Motion to Declassify Exhibits“:

The Court has completed the in camera inspection of documents furnished by State Farm in the above captioned matter in connection with the plaintiffs’ motion to declassify and the defendants’ joint motion for return of certain confidential documents…

In essence, plaintiffs have contended the documents exchanged in discovery were wrongfully classified under the existing protective order and should be considered public in nature. Defendants, on the other hand, argue that they are confidential or highly confidential as defined in the protective order and should be returned. Continue reading “the pause that refreshes – all but five “confidential exhibits” declassified in Schafer v State Farm”

Breaking News! Judge declassifies documents in Schaffer v State Farm, Xactware, et al

The Court has completed the in camera inspection of documents furnished by State Farm in the above captioned matter in connection with the plaintiffs’ motion to declassify and the defendants’ joint motion for return of certain confidential documents.

Details to follow.

O’Dwyer Complaints of judicial misconduct tossed by Judge Edith Jones

Before reporting Judge Jones’ decisions, I want to make it clear that I did not consider Ashton’s complaints of judicial misconduct and his “pot of gold information” one in the same.  That said, and with further discussion saved for a day when I have more time, I move on to the two Orders issued by Judge Jones.

O’Dwyer filed Judicial Misconduct Complaint Nos. 05-09-90128 and 10-09-90129 against  United States District Judges Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. and Ivan L.R. Lemelle.  Complaint Nos. 05-09-90130 through 05-09-90141 were directed toward United States Circuit Judges Carolyn Dineen King, W. Eugene Davis, Jacques L. Wiener, Jr., Emilio M. Garza, James L. Dennis, Edward C. Prado, Jennifer W. Elrod, Leslie H. Southwick, Thomas M. Reavley, Will Garwood, and Rhesa H. Barksdale and United States District Judge Ron Clark.

Attorney Ashton R. O’Dwyer, Jr. has filed a judicial misconduct complaint, and several supplemental complaints, against United States District Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. who has presided over the Katrina Canal Breaches Consolidated Litigation [hereafter “Katrina Canal Litigation”], and against United States District Judge Ivan R. Lemelle who presided over O’Dwyer’s suspension and disbarment proceedings and other litigation.’

O’Dwyer’s allegations of misconduct are largely conclusory in nature, and are based on his dissatisfaction with rulings in, and the results of, the underlying proceedings. Continue reading “O’Dwyer Complaints of judicial misconduct tossed by Judge Edith Jones”

Heated meeting of Jefferson Parish Personnel Board with Parish Attorney has “Aha Moment”

Well, it’s about time someone in Parish government had an “Aha Moment”.  Fortunately, Val Bracy of Fox8 was there to capture the moment and the heated debate:

Link to Fox 8 and hear the "heated debate"

The Jefferson Parish Personnel Board is widening its investigation into potentially unethical activity by employees. The board revealed at Wednesday’s meeting that some parish attorney’s are now under investigation.

The board’s investigation of employees began last month. The board is looking into whether former Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson and former Code Enforcement Director Debbie Villio participated in prohibited political activity.

The board is also investigating Aaron Broussard’s ex-wife Karen Parker, who was paid as a Paralegal Supervisor although she actually worked as a clerk in another department.

The Parish Attorney’s Office says the board does not have jurisdiction to investigate unclassified employees. Continue reading “Heated meeting of Jefferson Parish Personnel Board with Parish Attorney has “Aha Moment””