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Brian Ford

By Legal News Line | Jan 3, 2008

-Former engineer at Forensic Analysis and Engineering Corp. -Offered a package of indemnity, $10,000 monthly retainer and percentage of each settlement to become a consultant for Scruggs Katrina Group. -Kept journal later admitted as an exhibit when State Farm Insurance Cos. attempted to boot all former SKG firms from handling Katrina cases. -Journal revealed that Assistant Attorney General Courtney Schloemer did not want Ford to be hired by SKG until he could testify in the State's criminal case against State Farm. -Journal also contained entry that showed dialogue between Schloemer and SKG attorney Derek Wyatt, stating "Courtney talked to Derek. They agree that a criminal conviction could help civil cases." -Computer instant message allegedly shows that State Farm wanted to keep Ford from inspecting properties because he leaned toward determining damage was caused by wind (covered by the policy), not water (covered by a federal program). -Performed assessment of McIntosh property, handing in an original report and an amended report that concluded damage was done by wind. The McIntoshes have sued State Farm.

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