A big SLABBED good-bye to David Maurstad – wish we could have missed you sooner

Interesting news via CLS – a h/t and thank you, too – and as much as I need a vacation to recover from my vacation, I could never be too tired to post a SLABBED good-bye to David Maurstad.

David Maurstad will resign as the assistant administrator for mitigation and administrator of the National Flood Insurance Program for the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Sept. 13.

“It was time to wrap up with FEMA and move on,” Maurstad said Thursday morning. “It’s been a very challenging time to be involved with FEMA, but it’s been very rewarding.”

Obviously, the challenge was making his time with FEMA rewarding to the insurance industry – and I doubt it will be long before that rewarding experience is rewarded.

It will be so good to miss Mr. Maurstad when the new Congress considers Gene Taylor’s proposed changes in the National Flood Insurance Program without him around to testify in opposition to expanding the coverage to include damage from hurricane wind.

…a new,multi-peril NFIP would displace State initiatives for addressing wind risk Continue reading “A big SLABBED good-bye to David Maurstad – wish we could have missed you sooner”

Grab your hiking boots – time to wander from Perdigao v Adams & Reese to USA v Scruggs

If you find yourself lost as we wander from NOLA way up to the land of Faulker, worry not – this is not about changing the facts to fit the picture, it’s more of a sight-seeing trip to see if the facts fit the frame.

Among the comments made to the Perdiago update Sop posted today, were several about Perdiago’s allegations about Allstate and Robert Wooley, the former Louisiana insurance Commission who joined Adams & Reese. Take note of section 73 and these two sentences:

Notably absent from Wooley’s list ofpotential clients in his business plan was a “big fish” that was not already a client of the firm. The firm already represented State Farm, the largest homeowners’ insurer in the state. Continue reading “Grab your hiking boots – time to wander from Perdigao v Adams & Reese to USA v Scruggs”

Perdigao v Adams & Reese: Robert Wooley You Magnificent Bastard, Welcome to Slabbed

Our readers may remember Weiss v Allstate attorney Richard Trahant occasionally stops in to chat with us. Today, he dropped by with the mother of all tips, the case of Perdiago v Adams & Reese L.L.P. et al filed Tuesday in New Orleans which we have added to our legal pages. This is a very long post but I hope our readers will take the time to read it and consider the implications of the misconduct alleged against Adams and Reese.

I did some googling and found this case had a little something for everyone and featured all the usual suspects, Edwin Edwards, indicted US Representative William Jefferson, former Mayor Marc Morial, disgraced former Orleans Parish DA (and former Clinton era NOLA US Attorney) Eddie Jordan, Robert Guidry plus a entire gaggle of local political figures. Frankly, reading the RICO complaint against Adams and Reese coupled with the news stories has me convinced this case is huge in its implications. First some background from Baton Rouge Channel 9.

The federal court case that sent former Governor Edwin Edwards to prison has a potential new can of worms. New paperwork filed in a mail fraud case lists Congressman William Jefferson as participating in a bribery scheme between former Treasure Chest Casino owner Robert Guidry and former U.S. Attorney Eddie Jordan. Both Guidry and Jordan were key players in the Edwards case…… Continue reading “Perdigao v Adams & Reese: Robert Wooley You Magnificent Bastard, Welcome to Slabbed”