Just when we thought that the MS AG Jim Hood and State Farm had resolved their differences with the dismissal of the case involving Hood’s attempts to reopen criminal investigations against State Farm based on a “new focus” (carrier alleges NFIP files instead of Katrina HO claims), things came back into the headline news and blogs 2/19/08 with a big bang. We wrote about the dismissal earlier this month in this blog..click here.
The dismissal included sealed settlement documents so we thought that would be the end of the news on the case. The blogs at numerous sites have been hot and heavy debating the sealed documents and the rights of the citizens of MS to know what Hood agreed to. Yesterday’s major developments began with articles posted at the MS Clarion Ledger news where MS AG Hood spoke with them regarding the settlement. This was followed by a major goof by an attorney representing State Farm who replied to a Hood’s office email release on the story failing to realize that the recipients included among them AP reporters.
Without going back through all the details, I’ll point you to several ongoing blogs and news links to read it all for yourself. I’ll be doing the same later this week on all of the developments in the Scruggs alleged bribery case and developments happening the past two weeks or so on the contempt case (Rigsby/EA Renfroe). Things on all things Scruggs are moving at a rapid fire pace making it impossible to keep up with the updates as far as new blogs are concerned while dealing with other responsibilities at the moment. I’ll link you later this week to some of the best of the best reporting on blogs and in the news I’ve come across the past few weeks.
I do have one question I can’t get off of my mind that will require lots more research regarding “the dump weekend documents”…where did Gene Taylor get the document he shared with the congressional hearings? How would he have had such intimate details on insurance cases? Yes, it’s all been in the news but it would be interesting to know how he came to know about the cases he presented to the hearings and where he got the legal documents from. He’s got them posted on his website. I have a real problem with the fact the committees heard testimony about NFIP claim handling problems from Lott, Taylor, and Hood and Hood’s testimony in court on the State Farm vs Hood case was pathetic concerning his alleged “lack of knowledge” on file particulars even though he admits to having the Rigsby documents. More on that later when I can dedicate a day to looking back through the congressional testimony documents vs documents in court on several other cases. It just seems awful strange that we hear little from Lott or Taylor these days since all of the Scruggs cases have exploded. Here is a link to Gene Taylor’s web page– click on the link on the top right hand side of the web page where he refers to Insurance Fraudulent Practices (and why has he not updated this to include the fact GAO initial studies found no evidence of wrongdoing?)
Now getting back to the Hood/ State Farm fiasco yesterday:
David Rossmiller had 3 seperate blogs on the incident which link you to all of the news articles in the Clarion Ledger and providing actual information on the email details to which the State Farm attorney had replied to yesterday in these 3 blogs. I can’t get the headline to click to allow a link for some reason today so just look for these 3 blogs on 2/19 to read all of the information posted at www.insurancecoverageblog.com :
Reality takes a holiday on High Street
Hood denies there is a settlement in State Farm v. Hood
State Farm attorney mistakenly sends query about having Hood held in contempt to reporters, Hood’s press spokesperson
by Alan Lange
Jim Hood whistles past the graveyard
February 18th, 2008 – by NMC · 154 Comments