We were able to obtain a copy of the Scrugg’s attorney’s response filed on the Contempt charges from the WSJ blog entry of 8/23/07 found here. Here is a link to the court document responding to the Contempt charges asking for dismissal.
It’s interesting to note if you read my earlier two blog entries here and here on the contempt case and the history of the whistleblower case that this response provides additional information. The other documents linked to in my earlier blogs indicates that they said the Rigsby whistleblowers first became involved with the documents in documents to Scruggs in April 2006. However, this court response says they first contacted Scruggs in February of 2006 with a few engineer reports and the now forever infamous sticky note I wrote about in this blog. ( It just won’t go away!) then again in April 2006. Also, interesting to note in this court document, they state that there would not be charges filed against the Rigsby’s unlike the news article posted in our earlier blog this week that said there was still a possibility. Other things to note of interest in this recent filing by Scruggs attorney requesting dismissal of the charges is information that the appointed prosecutors may have a conflict handling such a case as they are opposing counsel on some railroad cases that Scruggs is also involved in. It will be interesting to see how this case develops.
National Underwriter has also just put out this breaking news story on the Keker( attorney out of San Francisco who is representing Scruggs on the alleged criminal charge) action with a quote from insurance trade group PCI (Property Casualty Insurers Assn of America) who is pleased that this action is being taken. They also hope that the media will help get this information out so we are hoping you will read these comments and let others in the adjusting community know about these issues. We will continue to keep you advised on any major developments.
6pm CST update 8/24/07-
***Here is a late breaking announcement made on the Insurance Coverage blog with a judge’s decision on the Rigsby issues. Read it here .
*Update 9/1/07- Interesting updates on the Scruggs case in this 8/31/07 WSJ blog