AP – Rigsby whistleblower suit set for Dec. 1 – SF wants to talk to Scruggs

GULFPORT, Miss. — State Farm has asked a judge to let it question former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs and obtain documents he may possess related to a whistleblower lawsuit filed against the insurer over its handling of Hurricane Katrina claims.
The lawsuit was filed by Cori and Kerri Rigsby of Ocean Springs, Miss., who once worked for Alabama-based E.A. Renfroe, a company State Farm contracted to provide damages assessments after the hurricane. The case is scheduled for trial Dec. 1 in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Miss.
The Rigsby sisters allegedly copied thousands of pages of internal State Farm claims records in 2006 and turned them over to Scruggs and others. Scruggs sued State Farm on the sisters’ behalf, claiming they were “whistleblowers” with insider knowledge of fraud.

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6/23/10