News from 2008

Brown will challenge EPA decision

By John O'Brien | Jan 2, 2008

Brown WASHINGTON, D.C. - Frustrated with the federal government's decision to block his state's greenhouse gas emission standards, California Attorney General Jerry Brown will lead a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.

Schedule produced in lead paint appeal

By John O'Brien | Jan 2, 2008

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Ten days after meeting with Rhode Island Chief Justice Frank Williams, the two sides in the State's landmark suit against paint manufacturers received their schedule for the appeal.

Brian Ford

By Legal News Line | Jan 3, 2008

-Former engineer at Forensic Analysis and Engineering Corp.

William Quin

By Legal News Line | Jan 3, 2008

Attorney at The Langston Law Firm in Booneville, Miss. University of Mississippi (B.B.A. 1994); Louisiana State University (J.D. 1997). Played football for Ole Miss. Formerly a partner at Lundy & Davis before joining the Langston firm in 2007

John Keker

By Legal News Line | Jan 3, 2008

Founded Keker & Van Nest in 1978 with law school classmate Bill Brockett. Princeton University (1965); Yale Law School (J.D. 1970). Served in U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam until wounded. Inducted to California State Bar's Litigation Hall of Fame in 2002.

The Rigsby sisters

By Legal News Line | Jan 3, 2008

Kerri Rigsby and Cori Rigsby Moran Former employees of E.A. Renfroe, Inc., which handled Hurricane Katrina claims on behalf of State Farm. Turned over State Farm documents to Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, claiming they showed State Farm was unfairly treating policyholders. Became insurance litigation consultants for Scruggs at a salary of $150,000.

State Farm makes argument for disqualification of Scruggs' colleagues in another case

By John O'Brien | Jan 3, 2008

Scruggs GULFPORT, Miss. - Attorneys for State Farm Insurance Cos. have filed another motion asking a federal judge to disqualify all members of the former Scruggs Katrina Group and throw out all the evidence they obtained from one of its higher-profile cases.

Answers wanted from Rigsby sisters

By John O'Brien | Jan 3, 2008

The Rigsby sisters GULFPORT, Miss. - E.A. Renfroe and Co., Inc., is seeking to force the two "whistleblower sisters" to answer questions to which their attorneys objected in a November Hurricane Katrina-related deposition.

Montana AG wins round v. Wyoming over USSC water war

By Legal News Line | Jan 4, 2008

Mike McGrath (C) HELENA -- Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath has won a key battle in his on-going war with neighboring Wyoming over alleged breaches of a bi-state water-use contract.

Synchronicity scheduled to strike Scruggs on Feb. 25

By John O'Brien | Jan 4, 2008

Scruggs GULFPORT, Miss. - Indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs might soon have to find a way to appear in two places at the same time.

Barrett Law attorney switches jobs, drops Katrina suits

By John O'Brien | Jan 7, 2008

Smith GULFPORT, Miss. - One of the remaining members of the former Scruggs Katrina Group has dropped his Katrina cases, but it has nothing to do with recent requests made by State Farm Insurance Cos. to do so.

State Farm demands statement sent to Scruggs

By John O'Brien | Jan 8, 2008

Wyatt GULFPORT, Miss. - Claiming that an attorney for the former Scruggs Katrina Group won't oblige, State Farm Insurance Cos. filed an emergency motion Monday to obtain information provided from an engineer to indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

Attorney bails on Scruggs case

By John O'Brien | Jan 8, 2008

Langston OXFORD, Miss. - Booneville attorney Joey Langston, whose offices were searched last month by the FBI, has withdrawn as counsel for indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

Kansas Gov. likely weeks from naming new AG - UPDATE

By Legal News Line | Jan 9, 2008

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius TOPEKA -- Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius will probably keep everybody guessing down to the wire over who will succeed the disgraced Paul Morrison as state attorney general.

Scruggs hires new attorney for bribery case

By John O'Brien | Jan 9, 2008

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - While the withdrawal of his last attorney continues to be unexplained, indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs on Wednesday presented a federal court with his newest counsel.

Another attorney for the other Scruggs

By John O'Brien | Jan 9, 2008

Farese OXFORD, Miss. - The son of indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs is following in the footsteps of his father.

W. Va. justice's relationship with CEO called into question

By John O'Brien | Jan 10, 2008

Maynard CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Justice Elliott Maynard had been the only member of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals not to stand out in a $76 million case against Massey Energy and its CEO, Don Blankenship.

Judge puts end to attorneys' game of musical chairs

By John O'Brien | Jan 10, 2008

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - After a day of heavy attorney movement in the saga of indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, federal judge Neal Biggers put everybody back where they were.

Right looks for split decision in USSC voter-ID case

By Legal News Line | Jan 11, 2008

Chief Justice John G. Roberts WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court gave early hints this week of leaning towards allowing state-based voter-ID laws in opening proceedings.

Patterson's name missing from motion

By John O'Brien | Jan 11, 2008

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - Some of the defendants in the Richard "Dickie" Scruggs bribery case again have asked for the U.S. government's evidence, while one name was conspicuous by its absence.

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