Latest Scruggs replacement attorneys can stay on cases

A Texas law firm can continue to represent State Farm policyholders who were previously clients of Oxford attorney Dickie Scruggs, U.S. District Judge L.T. Senter Jr. ruled today.

Senter denied State Farm’s latest motion asking that the Provost Umphrey Law Firm be disqualified from representing policyholders in lawsuits against the company. Senter has previously disqualified three law firms from representing policyholders in State Farm cases because he found that they were associated with the former Scruggs Katrina Group.

Provost Umphrey came on board after Senter’s order was filed. He found no evidence of prior association between Provost Umphrey and SKG, and also found nothing improper about SKG members helping former clients find new representation.

Senter did order Provost Umphrey and SKG to file documents within 14 days stating that no legal fees earned after the entry of his April 4 disqualification order of SKG would be shared with SKG members.

Sun Herald
6/12/8