Feds not intervening in insurance case

A federal magistrate in Gulfport, Miss., set a deadline Thursday for the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene in the case, which attorney Richard ‘Dickie’ Scruggs and other lawyers filed more than a year before he was charged in November with trying to bribe a Mississippi judge.

On Thursday, federal authorities informed U.S. Magistrate Robert Walker that they aren’t intervening ‘at this time’ but will continue to investigate allegations that insurance companies defrauded the government in handling flood claims resulting from Katrina.