Adjusting firm’s request for State Farm records denied

Two Ocean Springs sisters who adjusted State Farm Katrina claims already are bound by a court order to return company records they took, a federal judge ruled Thursday in refusing to compel the women to turn over some of those records to their former employer, independent adjusting firm E.A. Renfroe.

The sisters have said in pretrial testimony that they put the client records in a clear boot box. They say they do not know where it is. They turned over sets of the records they copied to federal and state investigators. A copy of the records also went to Scruggs after he hired the sisters in July 2006 as litigation consultants.

U.S. District Court Judge William Acker, presiding over the Renfroe case, in December 2006 ordered all the records returned to Renfroe’s attorneys.

Renfroe went to court Thursday seeking the “boot box records,” which the company says it became aware of only after recent testimony from the Rigsbys. Renfroe maintains the “boot box records” were not included with those already returned, but the Rigsbys have said they do not have those records.

Acker also decided Thursday that he would allow Renfroe to supplement a motion for compensatory damages the company seeks in its lawsuit against the Rigsbys.

Sun Herald
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