SLABBED (sorta) Daily – All over the map: State Farm, DOJ, and BP (July 23, 2010)

  • Starting with a quick note from Main Justice that makes me wonder why the powers that be seem hell-bent to appoint a new northern district Mississippi US Attorney with some connection to USA v Scruggs:

“U.S. Rep. Travis Childers (D-Miss.) confirmed to the paper that state Sen. Gray Tollison is in the running for the post. Tollison, a member of the state Senate since 1996, is chairman of the committee that considers changes to the state’s criminal laws. He is also the son of Oxford attorney and well known local Democrat Grady F. Tollison, according to the paper.”

Not that Gray isn’t a great guy but his father is not only well-know as a Democrat, the Tollison law firm represented John Jones in the lawsuit that became the undoing of Dick Scruggs as well as representing Jones in conjunction with McIntosh v State Farm, the centerpiece of the Rigsby Qui Tam case.

  • Speaking of north Mississippi and USA v Scruggs, the “good neighbor” has shown up in federal court with more hubris than most can muster and a Motion for Return of Property.  The “property” [sic] State Farm wants returned – any who wouldn’t –  is any evidence of the Company’s wrongdoing in the Scruggs files held by DOJ!

Patsy Brumfield (NEMS360.com) had the story reporting, “In sworn testimony attached to its motion for return of property, two people say they remember seeing the report and a “sticky note” that court copies show has written on it, “Put in wind file – DO NOT Pay Bill. DO Not discuss.” (emphasis added)

One of those who remembers “seeing the report and a “sticky note” is none other than Lecky King, the State Farm employee who wrote the note (duh)!  OMG, talk about “legal advocacy” that your mama wouldn’t buy.  According to the Motion and Exhibits State Farm filed with the court, the other is Beth Jones  – a claim refuted in the Rigsbys’ Response to a Motion State Farm filed in Southern District Mississippi Federal Court:

Jones actually testified that she had no idea whether she had ever seen the original Brian Ford report, did not know from where the sticky note she saw had come, did not know when the note arrived, and did not even know what the note said. In other words, the sum total the sum total of Jones’s testimony is that, at some point in her time with SLF, she saw a piece of paper with a sticky note on it. Yet State Farm attempts to use that testimony as a pretext for further rummaging through SLF’s files after the close of discovery.

“Another case has been filed in this Court styled Glenda Shows, et al. v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, el at., on behalf of 22 other State Farm policyholders likewise denied insurance benefits following Katrina…approximately 206 individual cases substantially similar to this case have been filed against State Farm and other entities… Renfroe Company consciously chose to assist State Farm by hiding the existence of double reports from the policyholders, including plaintiff: thereby defrauding plaintiff and others into accepting for a time an inadequate and illegal adjustment of their claims.”

“At issue in State Farm’s Motion and Rebuttal is the authority of SLF, Inc., to demand return of documents and files related to former clients or cases of Scruggs Law Firm, P.A., or to otherwise provide information which may have been held by the Scruggs Law Firm, P.A., or by certain former attorneys that practiced in Scruggs Law Firm, P.A.

SLF, Inc. previously sought to intervene in a subpoena dispute before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, but was not allowed to do so, based at least in part on State Farm’s argument that SLF, Inc. lacked standing to assert the rights previously held by the former Scruggs Law Firm. State Farm’s Memorandum Brief filed in opposition to SLF, Inc.’s Motion to Intervene, along with a Declaration and Exhibits submitted by State Farm (all of which are of public record in Misc. Action 10-00164 (HHK/JMF) (D.D.C.)), are attached hereto for consideration of the Court related to the identity of SLF, Inc., and its limited authority to act or speak on behalf of the former Scruggs Law Firm.”

Anyone curious about the origin of the entity SLF (Scruggs Law Firm, Inc.) will be interested in knowing it exists under amendments to the articles of incorporation for the former law firm.  Those amendments, by the way, are documented in the attachments to the Motion and specifically state SLF will not be engaged in the practice of law.

The next time someone tells you nothing is wrong with big corporations purchasing our legislatures through lobbyists, or buying our governorships and judge’s seats with suitcases full of campaign cash, think back on those folks who went over the wall in Britain and invented this country a couple hundred years ago. Sometimes it looks to me like “governments” are actually false “con-structs” anyway . . . mere costumes the super rich and powerful put on to stage the play “Democracy, One Man, One Vote, Ain’t it Great!” Oh hell, there I go again with conspiracy theories.

Hurry back Bam, Bam!

2 thoughts on “SLABBED (sorta) Daily – All over the map: State Farm, DOJ, and BP (July 23, 2010)”

  1. Renfroe Company consciously chose to assist State Farm by hiding the existence of double reports from the policyholders, including plaintiff: thereby defrauding plaintiff and others into accepting for a time an inadequate and illegal adjustment of their claims.

  2. As I understand it, Belle, any defendant dismissed thus far from the Rigsby qui tam case was dismissed without prejudice and had the government elected to intervene there was the potential to add other defendants. Just saying that while I think it likely Forensic did dual reports on more than 19 properties, it’s possible there were other firms doing dual reports for State Farm.

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