Insurance Coverage, 12/20/7

I wanted to bring you up to speed on the Renfroe v. Rigsby case, the one where E.A. Renfroe & Co. is suing the Rigsby sisters for breach of their confidentiality agreements in giving State Farm claims documents to Dickie Scruggs, who apparently passed them around to the Scruggs Katrina Group and other policyholder lawyers like a bottle of cheap wine at a frat party. This case, you may remember, is the one out of which the prosecution of Scruggs for alleged criminal contempt of court arose.

On November 28, attorneys for the Rigsbies filed a motion to disqualify Judge William Acker from the case, saying his impartiality was compromised in light of his appointment of special prosecutors to go after Scruggs. Here is a copy of the supporting legal memorandum. A very interesting point in the brief: although Scruggs is not the sisters’ attorney for purposes of defending this case, he has agreed to indemnify them for attorney fees and damages they may be assessed because of the case.