Request for State Farm records denied

Two Ocean Springs sisters who adjusted State Farm Katrina claims already are bound by a court ruling to return company records they took, a federal judge has ruled in denying a motion to compel the women to turn over missing records.

Renfroe argued Thursday that one set of records has not been returned – documents that pertained to policyholders represented by attorney Dickie Scruggs. The Rigsbys have said they do not know what became of those documents, which were stored in a boot box. Renfroe wanted Acker to compel the Rigsbys to return those records.

But Acker ruled that his injunction already covers all records the Rigsbys took and that they can not return records they don’t possess.

On Friday, Renfroe argued in a court document that the company should be entitled to recover any benefit the Rigsbys have received from the records they took, including a total of $450,000 that Scruggs paid them to work as consultants after they lost their adjusting jobs. That employment ended with Scruggs’ December indictment on unrelated charges of trying to bribe a North Mississippi judge.

Renfroe also says the company is entitled to attorneys’ fees Scruggs has paid for the women.

Sun Herald
5/10/8