Archive for April 2010

Hood Files Katrina Lawsuit in Two Weeks; But Can’t Decide on Obamacare in Two Weeks

April 8, 2010

Respond Mississippi posted a transcript of an interview with Attorney General Jim Hood. The reporter asked Hood how long it would take him to make a decision about filing a lawsuit against Obamacare. He answered:

“Well, you know, we’ve had that issue for about two weeks now and so we’re we’re. You don’t normally file a suit within a two week period. You work on it, you work on your complaint, you review it. Florida is about to file an amended complaint. I’d like to see what their allegations are in that amended complaint. So, we get all the information we can and we’ll make a decision based on the evidence and the facts.”

If only there was someone who could persuade him to work quicker. If only there was a major campaign contributor who had interest in this. If only Dickie Scruggs was not in jail. If you go back and read the transcript during the Jim Hood and State Farm dispute you’ll see that two weeks was not too soon to file a lawsuit involving the biggest natural disaster to hit Mississippi.

From pages 78-79:

Q. General Hood, this is the settlement agreement that you’ve been testifying about for the last ten minutes, isn’t it?

A. That’s correct. It’s been marked Exhibit 27. That’s the Chancery Court, Hinds County, settlement agreement.

Q. Right. This resolved the case that you filed two weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29th, 2005?

A. Yes. Your Honor, two weeks after the hurricane I learned on Saturday when I went in and talked to the sheriff of Jackson County about the problems that they were having with this exclusionary clause and the anti-concurrent cause.

From pages 82-83:

Q. All right. You filed this case after consulting with Dickie Scruggs, didn’t you?

THE COURT: Which case are you talking about?

MR. ROBIE: The Hinds County case to try to Invalidate the water damage exclusions in the State Farm homeowners policy.

A. I consulted with a lot of people. And, your Honor, I don’t — I won’t go off on it, but I think it’s important for the court to understand why this suit was filed. It was filed two weeks after. It was strictly filed to get a quick answer so there wouldn’t be a lot of litigation. That was what I had hoped for people because I knew our courts were already shut down. The idea came from the sheriff in Jackson County. I met with Mr. Scruggs. I met with a lot of lawyers from around the state before we filed it because we wanted to pinpoint the issue just on those two issues and make it clear so we’d have a decision. We wouldn’t have had all this litigation had we had that decision.

Q. So if I heard your answer correctly, you met with Mr. Scruggs to discuss your strategy before you filed that suit within 14 days of Katrina.

So the question here is, if “you don’t normally file a suit within a two week period” was Jim Hood working outside the normal procedures with Dickie Scruggs against State Farm? How interesting.