Kansas City Lawyers Bounced From Ex Rel Rigsby

Say goodnight, Todd. Say goodnight, Chip. To almost no one’s surprise except themselves and a small band of delusional Scruggs true believers, US District Judge L.J. Senter on Monday disqualified Todd Graves, Chip Robertson and their respective Kansas city area law firms from representing the Rigsby sisters in Ex rel. Rigsby, the qui tam case. The firms are Graves, Bartle & Marcus and Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson & Gorny.

While he did not rule on State Farm’s motion for summary judgment or specifically disqualify the Rigsby sisters, Judge Senter left little doubt where he stands, referring to the documents the Rigsbys took as “purloined” and their consulting arrangement with Scruggs as a “sham.”

An AP article cites Anthony DeWitt of Bartimus, Frickleton as indicating he and his colleagues are likely to appeal, but apparently Mr. DeWitt is not aware of Richardson-Merrell v. Koller. An interlocutory appeal of the disqualification decision is not allowed.

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