New Developments in USA v Perdigao v Adams & Reese (Updated 2X)

There are two new filings in the case of Perdigao v Adams & Reese, one reassiging the case to another judge and one that contains some standing procedures for RICO case progression.  We also have the Order Granting Perdigao permission to amend witness list and a supplemental Government response against the holding the hearing. It contains a transcript of Perdigao’s Edward’s trial testimony. All of these filings are on our Perdigao legal page.

Per Mr NAAS (and thanks for the heads up) there was a hearing on the criminal side with Judge Fallon taking a dim view of Mr Perdigao’s requests for hearing and recusal. Portfolio magazine has the story:

Implicit in the bribery accusations was Perdigao’s own hope that the U.S. attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Louisiana would be forced to recuse itself from trying the criminal case now staring him down.

But that now will not happen, with the judge in the case ruling on Friday against Perdigao’s motion. Continue reading “New Developments in USA v Perdigao v Adams & Reese (Updated 2X)”

Breaking: FEMA a Bunch of “Buttheads” per Gene

I guess Gene is on a roll (give ’em hell Gene;). JR Welch has the breaking Sun Herald story:

An official reaction to FEMA’s no-ice policy came from U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor who referred to FEMA officials as a “bunch of buttheads.”

Last week, officials were told that FEMA had decided to only supply ice for use in medical emergencies and life-saving reasons. It’s left local officials scrambling to figure out ways to make it available for the general public.

During a meeting with Hancock County Board of Supervisors this morning Taylor said he intends to write to FEMA to register his objections to the new policy. He also urged Hancoc supes as well as the city councils of waveland and bsl to send similar letters of objection. Continue reading “Breaking: FEMA a Bunch of “Buttheads” per Gene”

The May Report

Time is short so will be the report unlike April’s where I promised to have the insurance tab done by 5-31. Oh well, we all have day jobs too. Traffic increased very nicely, especially in the area of time on site. Of course we welcome our new visitors that discovered us with some of our more popular posts in late May. Here is the run down:

Our most popular topic has been the story of James Perdigao and the nuclear strategy in his legals fights with Jim Letten and Adams & Reese. Slabbed intersection with the case involves former Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Robert Wooley. We are honored to learn former Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown linked us on his blog. He is on the old Rock of New Orleans these days. Sweet!

Slabbed’s brothers and sisters in Louisiana like to keep up with Mississippi’s Katrina Insurance Continue reading “The May Report”

Breaking: Senter tells Renfroe No Sanctions, Calls Policyholders Casualties

In the hundreds of cases brought against State Farm by the SKG I have watched the property damage insurance claims, the contract claims at the heart these cases, being pushed off their rightful place at center stage by the escalating heat of the battles among State Farm, Renfroe and the SKG. This conflagration has not advanced the interests of the policyholders nor the ultimate resolution of these cases. In many instances, the litigants’ interests have been among the battlefield casualties. With the SKG having been disqualified as counsel in all the Court’s remaining State Farm cases, it is my sincere hope that the type of normal, professional, and focused advocacy necessary to resolve the individual merits of the cases still outstanding will presently come to the fore.

Anita Lee has the Sun Herald story. Ladies, perhaps this is a ray of hope for those still slabbed:

Policyholders are among the casualties of a fierce battle that has pitted State Farm and one of its vendors, E.A. Renfroe, against the Scruggs Katrina Group of attorneys, U.S. District Judge L.T. Senter Jr. says in an eight-page opinion filed this week. Continue reading “Breaking: Senter tells Renfroe No Sanctions, Calls Policyholders Casualties”

Breaking: Obama Goes After McCain for Stonewalling Coastal Insurance Solutions

The National Underwriter is reporting on an Obama media event from Florida where he blasts John McCain for opposing the Homeowners Defense Act (HR 3355). He was joined by co sponsor of the bill US Rep Ron Klein of Florida. Coastal insurance has the potential to swing states like Florida squarely into the Obama column as I highlighted in my recent posts Solutions….The Dems Unite. I intend to vote my personal finances this November. Here is the report:

Democrats may be viewing the national catastrophe fund issue as a potential opening to help their presumed presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., gain ground against his Republican rival.

The Obama campaign criticized Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for his opposition and sought to tie him to President Bush as the presumptive Republican nominee traveled to Orlando to speak at a meeting of newspaper editors on the state. Continue reading “Breaking: Obama Goes After McCain for Stonewalling Coastal Insurance Solutions”

Garland is Raising Hell and Slabbed is Gonna to Help Him

In my Around the GO Zone post this morning I linked this T-P news story on the House being on the verge of killing funding for certain Katrina related recovery projects that are very important to our friends in Louisiana. I ran some errands late this morning and since I’m a coast boy I listen to WWL radio not Supertalk (thank God).  Garland Robinette, a media personality that is well known and loved here has issued the call for action. Here is the link to his website and whom to call in DC to keep Katrina recovery in HR 2642.

Time to raise some hell and let the people in DC know these projects are very important.


Around the GO Zone in 60 Seconds: FEMA Blasted, Bennie Nails It, Gene is Pi$$ed, Cash Clogs, Sister Mary, Brother Charlie & DC Politics, Orange Grove Retail Explosion plus New EOCs & Firehouse

I’ve been out lately so I’m trying to catch up.  It took me 50 seconds to write that long title so I better be quick. First is the verbal a$$ whipping laid on FEMA by Rep Barney Frank of Massachusetts with an assist from our own Bennie Thompson as told by the Sun Herald:

At a congressional hearing of two House subcommittees Wednesday, officials from FEMA and HUD failed to satisfy congressional critics about their efforts to find housing for 22,000 Katrina victims still living in trailers nearly three years after the storm.

House Financial Services Committee Chair Barney Frank, D-Mass., who attended the hearing, was incensed HUD and FEMA have not resolved a dispute over funding affordable housing. And House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said lawmakers should tie strings to federal funds to prevent the diversion of housing funds to other uses, such as Mississippi’s decision to spend $600 million in Housing and Urban Development funding on port improvements in Gulfport.

“We should not send money for one purpose and allow federal government officials to allow a local official to change it,” Thompson said. “While I agree that expanding the port will benefit the Gulf’s economy, I have serious doubts as to whether the new port workers are going to have anywhere to live.” Continue reading “Around the GO Zone in 60 Seconds: FEMA Blasted, Bennie Nails It, Gene is Pi$$ed, Cash Clogs, Sister Mary, Brother Charlie & DC Politics, Orange Grove Retail Explosion plus New EOCs & Firehouse”

Dupont Wins Round 2

My understanding is no scientific evidence was produced in the first trial by the plaintiffs. The MS Supremes reversed and Dupont wins round 2. The story does not say but I assume Kathleen Smiley handled the second go round for Glen Strong (Kathleen no longer has a law license). I remember him from my teenage years as a good guy.

One thing that bothered me about the first case is that he testified to eating oysters from the Bay itself. Those reefs were closed then as Shoreline Park was essentially using the Bay for a commode and was thus polluted. I’m not certain I would have overlooked that as a juror.

Dupont and dioxin pollution is another subject matter and perhaps fodder for a future post. Here is the Sun Herald story:

A jury Thursday sided with The DuPont Co. in the retrial of a civil lawsuit brought by a man who said dioxins from a plant on the Mississippi Gulf Coast caused his rare blood cancer. Continue reading “Dupont Wins Round 2”