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In what turned out to be a month of positive legal verdicts for State Farm, a group of law firms that had formed to prosecute the insurer and its third-party administrator E.A. Renfroe in a large number of Katrina-related cases were all disqualified for engaging in unethical behavior. In addition, two star witnesses for prosecutors have been disqualified from testifying or using any material they gathered.

Previously known as the Scruggs Katrina Group (SKG), the litigation group pursuing State Farm was forced to realign itself recently after lead attorney Richard Scruggs and his law firm withdrew as counsel for allegedly bribing a judge in a separate, unrelated case. The remaining law firms of Barrett Law Office, Nutt & McAlister, and Lovelace Law Firm reorganized to form the Katrina Litigation Group (KLG). It was this group that was to represent a large number of policyholders who were suing State Farm over claim-handling procedures following Hurricane Katrina.

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