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Attorney bails on Scruggs case

John O'Brien Jan. 8, 2008, 4:19pm

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 - Booneville attorney Joey Langston, whose offices were searched last month by the FBI, has withdrawn as counsel for indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

State Farm demands statement sent to Scruggs

John O'Brien Jan. 8, 2008, 2:10pm

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.

Barrett Law attorney switches jobs, drops Katrina suits

John O'Brien Jan. 7, 2008, 2:52pm

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.

Synchronicity scheduled to strike Scruggs on Feb. 25

John O'Brien Jan. 4, 2008, 3:42pm

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.

Montana AG wins round v. Wyoming over USSC water war

Legal News Line Jan. 4, 2008, 4:19am

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.

Answers wanted from Rigsby sisters

John O'Brien Jan. 3, 2008, 7:25pm

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.

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

John O'Brien Jan. 3, 2008, 7:13pm

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.

The Rigsby sisters

Legal News Line Jan. 3, 2008, 4:36pm

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.

John Keker

Legal News Line Jan. 3, 2008, 3:40pm

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.

William Quin

Legal News Line Jan. 3, 2008, 3:39pm

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

Brian Ford

Legal News Line Jan. 3, 2008, 10:37am

-Former engineer at Forensic Analysis and Engineering Corp.

Schedule produced in lead paint appeal

John O'Brien Jan. 2, 2008, 4:37pm

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.

Brown will challenge EPA decision

John O'Brien Jan. 2, 2008, 3:44pm

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.

Scruggs' attorneys want all evidence

John O'Brien Dec. 31, 2007, 2:18pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - The defense team of prominent trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs says the federal government has not produced all evidence it has obtained in the judicial bribery case against Scruggs and three others.

Ohio S.C. makes another pro-business ruling

John O'Brien Dec. 28, 2007, 1:59pm

Moyer COLUMBUS, Ohio - Tort reformers recently earned their second major victory in the Ohio Supreme Court this year, as the justices upheld a law that puts caps on non-economic damages in personal injury lawsuits.

Miss. Auditor asks federal court to do nothing in $14 million fight, files state suit

John O'Brien Dec. 27, 2007, 4:46pm

NEW YORK - Mississippi State Auditor Phil Bryant has asked a federal bankruptcy court to abstain from making any decisions in a dispute over $14 million in fees given to a private law firm in the State's lawsuit against MCI, Inc.

Dann loses high-ranking assistant

John O'Brien Dec. 27, 2007, 2:59pm

Laliberte COLUMBUS, Ohio - One of Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann's top aides will head back to private practice after the New Year.

Trial lawyers offering input on Fla. insurance lawsuit

John O'Brien Dec. 26, 2007, 3:20pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Former Florida Attorney General and current Gov. Charlie Crist has hired three private attorneys to possibly pursue a lawsuit against property insurers.

Scruggs gets extra month before trial

John O'Brien Dec. 26, 2007, 1:51pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - Though the deadline for discovery will stay the same, U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers has pushed the bribery trial of prominent trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, back more than a month.

Hood aide takes aim at prominent blogger

John O'Brien Dec. 21, 2007, 4:00pm

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - The director of Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's Insurance Fraud Unit responded Friday to the thoughts of an insurance attorney who focuses his blog on Hurricane Katrina issues and has been quoted in several stories.