Scruggs tries to block questioning from State Farm

Earlier this month, a federal magistrate ruled that attorney Richard ?Dickie? Scruggs can be questioned about his work with two sisters who gave him reams of internal State Farm records while they were helping the company adjust Katrina claims.

On Thursday, Scruggs asked a different federal judge in Gulfport, Miss., to overrule that Dec. 12 ruling by U.S. Magistrate Robert Walker.

In court papers, a lawyer for Scruggs argues that forcing him to submit to a deposition by State Farm attorneys would violate the confidentiality of his attorney-client relationship with Cori and Kerri Rigsby of Ocean Springs, Miss.

State Farm also wants to question Scruggs? son and law partner, Zach, about his involvement with the Rigsby sisters, who were employed by a company that contracted with State Farm after the Aug. 29, 2005, hurricane.

Clarion Ledger