Slabbed is the Place for Your Rigsby Qui Tam Balance

Slabbed is the place if you want to see Qui balance with Tam in the Rigsby sisters Qui Tam claim against State Farm.

Qui Tam is all about balance – the interest of the one who blows the whistle on a false claim against the government (the realtor) as well as the interest of the government.

Increasing and increasingly vicious attacks on the whistle blowing Rigsby sisters, Cori and Kerri, escalated to include their Qui Tam attorneys after USA v Scruggs was “out of the way” and the focus shifted to disqualifying the member firms of SKG reformed after Scruggs indictment as KLG as well as the Qui Tam Lawyers from Missouri who were never a part of the Scruggs or the KLG joint venture.

Slabbed is committed to balance and we work hard to provide it on every issue – so, if you’re looking for balance on the Rigsby’s Qui Tam case and justice for all, this is the place. Continue reading “Slabbed is the Place for Your Rigsby Qui Tam Balance”

Give-em-hell Harry right about reports on Todd Graves

You can never get all the facts from just one newspaper, and unless you have all the facts, you cannot make proper judgments about what is going on.
No argument from me, Harry, I just finished a read-around – and Kansas City Star quotes Todd Graves saying he was in Disney World on March 11, the date of the “trailer meeting” with the Rigsby sisters.

Graves says any suggestion linking him to a meeting on March 11 — about two weeks before he officially left office — is wrong.

“I can’t more categorically or unequivocally say that’s…absolutely ridiculous,” Graves told Prime Buzz.

“Someone pieced together three things that don’t go together,” he said. “March 11 (the day of the alleged meeting) was a Saturday. I was at Disney World,” Graves said.

It will be interesting to track back and see how Graves name got linked to the story in the first place – for now, I’ll just point out that Missouri is the “show me” state.

Bet the Rigsby sister’s Missouri attorneys have plenty to show on Friday, Sop.

Shows Takes Expected Hit

While we await Friday’s responses in Ex Rel Rigsby there were other developments yesterday with the litigation involving the Katrina Litigation Group.  As we expected the racketeering suit was dealt a blow with the disqualification of the Rigsby sisters and the Katrina Litigation Group. The issues in Shows were virtually identical to McIntosh and other policyholder lawsuits involving the old Scruggs Katrina Group. It will be interesting to see how this suit in particular is impacted as Racketeering is specialized litigation that requires deep pockets to litigate. My blog partner Nowdy tells me the McIntosh family has retained Chip Merlin to represent them. Excellent choice IMHO.  Here is today’s Anita Lee Sun Herald story:

A federal judge on Wednesday disqualified from a Katrina lawsuit all former Scruggs Katrina Group attorneys, who in June 2007 filed a racketeering case against State Farm and its vendors. Continue reading “Shows Takes Expected Hit”

Justice slabbed by State Farm’s transparent defense

With the State Farm policy holders slabbed by Katrina, slabbed by State Farm’s handling of their claim, and most recently slabbed by Judge Senter’s disqualification of their legal representation are left twisting in the wind, State Farm “vigorous defense” is now a transparent attempt to slab them – and justice – once again.

The Motion to Stay filed yesterday by the attorneys for the Rigsby sisters noted the transparency.

This motion is nothing more than a transparent attempt to focus attention away from the fraud State Farm perpetrated on its own policyholders and on the federal government, and create a side-show big enough to camouflage its own obvious wrongdoing.

Comments on the web, however, suggest State Farm’s camouflage is wearing thin… Continue reading “Justice slabbed by State Farm’s transparent defense”

Getting to know Qui Tam and Tony Dewitt

No one appears to be better qualified to breathe life into a Qui Tam claim than Tony Dewitt – the respiratory therapist- turned-attorney who filed the Rigsby sisters’ Qui Tam claim against State Farm.

Author of Is the Whistle Clean – An Examination of the Ethical Obligations of Attorneys in Filing False Claims Act Lawsuits and Citiizen Attorney Generals and the False Claims Act, Dewitt is an attorney with Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson & Obetz of Kansas City, Missouri

With Dewitt’s full article linked above, what I’ve attempted to do in this post is link a few frequently heard questions and comments to related text. Continue reading “Getting to know Qui Tam and Tony Dewitt”

Suspension of Ex Rel Rigsby Sought (Updated)

We are greeted this morning with an Anita Lee story on the Risgby Qui Tam case. While the Anthony Dewitt and company prepare their response to the latest barrage of State Farm legal filings they have asked the suit itself be suspended until Judge Senter rules. Here is the report:

Attorneys are asking for suspension of their whistle-blower lawsuit against State Farm until a federal judge decides whether they can continue to prosecute the case. Continue reading “Suspension of Ex Rel Rigsby Sought (Updated)”

Mississippi Rigsby & Louisiana Branch: Dueling Qui Tam?

Rebecca Mowbray and Anita Lee have done wonderful jobs covering insurance issues in New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Our new readers may be interested to know that Ms Mowbray has recently won a prestigious business journalism award for her story “Same house. Same repairs. Same insurer. Why different prices?”. Not to be out done Anita Lee, along with Don Hammack, Michael Keller, Joshua Norman and Margaret Baker were recognized as finalists for the 2006 American Society of Newspaper Editors “Deadline News Reporting by a Team” for their coverage of Katrina news here on the coast.

Yesterday and today we are greeted with their reports on the latest State Farm filings in Ex Rel Rigsby, where State Farm filed to have the lawyers disqualified, the case dismissed and the Rigsby sisters charged with fraud. This latest attempt by State Farm to crush Cori and Kerri Rigsby has been largely lost in the shuffle of case analysis but the threat to them is very real. So before we move to tie in these developments with the Branch case in Louisiana lets start with some excerpts from yesterday’s Anita Lee story which comes complete with quotes from the Rigsby lawyer Anthony Dewitt. Continue reading “Mississippi Rigsby & Louisiana Branch: Dueling Qui Tam?”