Judge Walker's clerk read blog to keep up with McIntosh case – a Rigsby qui tam update!

Imagine that!  Judge Walker’s law clerk read Rossmiller’s blog to “keep up with the McIntosh case”!

Since there were blog-reading clerks  “working” in the northern district Mississippi federal court when USA v Scruggs, Scruggs and Backstrom was before Judge Biggers, I certainly wasn’t surprised to learn the same was happening here .  The difference between the two courts is that Chief Judge Mills “blew the whistle” but no judge in the southern district had toot to say about it.

I happened upon that revealing bit of information the old-fashioned way – reading case documents from the docket of the Rigsby qui tam case –  because Over the wire or under the wig – ex parte is ex parte (Part 1, 2 and 3) and Katrina’s surge fueled the quest for money at the expense of ethics: Earwigging and Blawgs.

Other than that single revelation, the post-discovery motions filed by State Farm have been “much ado about nothing” of significance to the merits of the Righby’s allegation of State Farm’s fraudulent claims handling.   Judge Walker issued an Order denying State Farm’s Motion to Compel Computers:

Ultimately, the Court finds that the motion to compel should be denied because State Farm has failed to give a sufficient justification for going behind the discovery process and for disregarding counsel for Realtors’ sworn representations that all responsive documents from the computers have been produced. Continue reading “Judge Walker's clerk read blog to keep up with McIntosh case – a Rigsby qui tam update!”

"Good government" makes the news in Louisiana

Actually, not “good government” per se but a bit of news about the Alliance for Good Government of particular interest to SLABBED from the Times Picayune:

The Alliance for Good Government honored lawmakers in state and local government at its annual Legislators of the Year awards banquet Saturday…The organization’s bylaws say its purpose is to “bring together thinking citizens into an organization which will promote public policies which benefit” the New Orleans area, Louisiana and the United States.

The organization was started in 1967 to support candidates and issues in the metropolitan area and now has chapters in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes.

The legislators honored were: Jefferson Parish, state Rep. Joseph Lopinto, R-Metairie; Orleans Parish, City Councilman Arnie Fielkow; St. Bernard Parish, state Rep. Nita Rusich Hutter, R-Chalmette; and St. Tammany Parish, Councilman Al Hamauei.

Each chapter also presented a Civic Award to someone who has “worked hard to make a difference.” The recipients were: Jefferson, Margie Seeman and Margaret Baird of Citizens for Good Government; Orleans, Justin Woods; St. Bernard, Emile Pellittieri; and St. Tammany, Dawn Sharpe Brackett, CEO of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce.

SLABBED congratulates Margie and Margaret on this most deserved recognition.  As the reader who sent the link wrote, “the divine M & M Sisters got bling!”