Monthly Archives: March 2011

“defense lawyers have been banking their money for years” – a lawyer’s perspective on Katrina litigation

“This is one of those cases where people see the verdict and the motion and think about all the money that the plaintiff’s lawyers will make. But the defense lawyers will make as much or more than the plaintiff lawyers while taking no risk. Equally as important, the defense lawyers have been banking their money for years while the plaintiff lawyers have to collect to fill a big hole.” (emphasis added)

In a comment to Katrina plantiffs win a big one, I mentioned Phillip Thomas at the Mississippi Litigation Review blog also had a post on Penthouse Homeowner’s Association v Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London.

Thomas’ blog is one of my daily reads and his most recent post on the case, Winning Plaintiff in Katrina Wind vs. Water Trial Requests $3.5 Million in Attorney’s Fees, Expenses and Interest, provided both the title and introductory quote of this post as well as a link to Plaintiffs’ attorney Don Barrett’s Motion (in Scribd format below with Exhibits added by SLABBED)

Barrett made a strong argument in support of his request for $3.5 million in fees, expenses and interest – and a “must read” IMO for attorneys on both sides of the bar.  However, what struck me as even more interesting was this paragraph in Barrett’s Affidavit documenting his personal history of litigation as justification for his $450 hourly rate:

I am presently lead counsel of the Katrina Litigation Group, a consortium of lawyers who represent hundreds of homeowners along the Mississippi Coast who were victimized first by Hurricane Katrina and then by their insurance companies. To date our group has favorably settled over 1,600 homeowners’ claims Continue reading

Capella plays “hat trick” on Grand Jury!

Capella, the council chairman, declined to discuss specifics of his nearly two hours on the witness stand. “I want to honor the secrecy of the grand jury proceedings,” he said.  “But I will say that I answered every question they had about the previous administration for me as a witness.”

“Ohhhh. Ayeeye”Sop put the black hat on the spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sopranos – but let’s not forget that it was Council President Tom Capella who stood on his hat box and played a hat trick on the Grand Jury.  Sure thing, Tom, anyone can see there is no relationship between the members of the current Parish Council and those of the “previous administration”!  Not even the revirginating John Young could sell that!

On the finance boards it is called Due Diligence……Who is Diversified Ventures?????

Due Diligence:
[doo dil-i-juhns]
1 : such diligence as a reasonable person under the same circumstances would use : use of reasonable but not necessarily exhaustive efforts called also reasonable diligence

Folks I am still shaking my head about today’s Times Picayune crooks and liars endorsement. That said we’ll stay on the crooks and liars here on Slabbed and in today’s installment we’ll bust Chrissy and again link him to State Representative Girod Jackson III, owner of Diversified Ventures as we hop into the way back machine and visit with this jewel of a comment Telemachus left with us last year:

{FB Poster (no, not moi)} to Walt Bennetti on or around 11/11/10: (ClickJefferson.com): “What about fictitious companies such as Diversified that got a$ 50k payment from the parish ‘on the fly’ post Katrina?” 3 hours ago ·

LOOK WHO CHIMES IN!

********Chris Roberts: “… who is Diversified? Send me some info.” Continue reading

In this episode of Magnum JD: Magnum strikes back, fires up a blog of us own!

One day Magnum is on the phone with Gary Chouest and the next he is a citizen blogger! Must be quite a step down for him to come play with the unwashed masses and I think it shows. Let’s examine a snippet from his post “John W. Houghtaling reports on the oil spill clean-up“:

The OTS patented technology is not just an “ocean skimmer”, explains John W. Houghtaling. “However, during the Gulf spill we had to get the contaminated water to the centrifuges,” continues John W. Houghtaling. Edison Chouest, the largest oilfield supply company in the Gulf of Mexico “became our hero” at the precise moment that “we needed an answer to that dilemma,” recalls John W. Houghtaling. “We were able to use their vessels,” describes John W. Houghtaling, “to deploy our machines.”

To the extent I encourage people with a good story to tell to blog I almost hate to say this, but there is a time-honored “trade show” bash from the stock boards about the company booth @ the show looking like a kindergarten kid designed it. Now maybe Magnum W. JD uses some sort of fill in the blank software or maybe he just loves to refer to himself as Magnum W. JD but frankly you’d think a man with the cojones to fuck over Spyridon Contogouris and has Gary on speed dial could do a bit better stylistically in the dissemination of his propaganda. Continue reading

From the if you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem files…….

 I look for three qualities in hiring people. Integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first then the last two will kill you, because if they don’t have integrity you want them dumb and lazy.~ Warren Buffett

The Times Picayune endorsed Roberts and Capella today in an editorial the paper’s recently retired consigliere Peter Butler likely wrote. It is breath taking that a major metropolitan daily paper is part of the reason New Orleans metro is systemically corrupt.

You hire people without integrity and the results are pre ordained.

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“Black Hat” West Bank Soprano Chris Roberts now wants to pretend he is not in the mob….

I tell you folks this last bit of Wiley Beevers inspired homecooking in Judge McCabe’s courtroom is the gift that keeps on giving. For instance we only need to take the Wayback Machine to May 16, 2009 to find this Mini-me Roberts inspired Allen Powell jewel that also causes some collateral damage IMHO to others with political aspirations in 2011:

So a buncha Sopranos stormed the Governor’s Mansion on Thursday. Funny thing was, though, they weren’t from Jersey. Try Jefferson Parish.

These guys are a bunch of politicians, long fans of the HBO television show, who got together every Sunday to watch it and stuff their faces with authentic Italian fare. “We all gained a little weight during that time,” Parish Councilman Chris Roberts said.

After years of faithfully following the show, they took to wearing black fedoras when they got together, especially when the fun spilled into a local bar or restaurant afterward. Soon they started calling themselves the Black Hats. Continue reading

Not that John Young’s love life is of a big concern or even salient….

Especially if he is not kracken on the hired help. That said certain aspects of it and the rumor mill have appeared on these pages and I endeavored to get to the bottom of the rumor he is messing around with Jennifer Van Vranken and Julie Quinn in some sort of twisted menage a trois.  I feel good enough about my source here after vetting the information to put these salacious rumors to rest once and for all. Continue reading