As we previously stated in YP BREAKING – Senter Rules . . . Trailer Lawyers – Out! Anita Lee at the Sun Herald reports that the “Trailer Lawyers” from Graves, Bartle & Marcus of Kansas City and Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson & Gorny of Jefferson City, MO are now disqualified from representing the Rigsby Gals and won’t get their chance to see the Judge Eye to Eye.
Ms. Lee reports:
A federal judge on Monday disqualified the law firms that were representing two Ocean Springs insurance adjusters in their whistle-blower’s lawsuit against State Farm, other insurance companies and their vendors.
U.S. District Court Judge L.T. Senter Jr. said the lawyers knew that their co-counsel, Dickie Scruggs, was unethically paying the adjusters, Cori and Kerri Rigsby, but did nothing about it. Senter found no evidence that the Rigsbys acted unethically, saying the women have no reason to be familiar with the ethical code of conduct for attorneys.
Senter has given the Rigsbys 45 days to find new attorneys. The law firms disqualified were Graves, Bartle & Marcus of Kansas City and Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson & Gorny of Jefferson City, Mo.
Two lawyers who participated in the case are former public officials. Todd Graves was a U.S. Attorney in Kansas and Edward D. “Chip” Robertson is former chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court.