It’s easy to understand why groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Tort Reform Association and the Coalition for Government Procurement are siding with State Farm in one of the most colorful business cases the U.S. Supreme Court will hear in its upcoming term. But the organized criminal defense bar? The case, State Farm v. United States, stems from a 2006 False Claims Act suit two onetime insurance adjustors filed against State Farm, which they accused of fraudulently shifting Hurricane Katrina property damage claims to a government-backed flood insurance program. The adjusters – sisters named Cori and Kerri Rigsby – were represented by plaintiffs’ lawyer Dickie Scruggs, who was at that time one of the most powerful plaintiffs’ lawyers in the country. Scruggs also represented thousands of homeowners who alleged insurance companies were improperly denying their claims by attributing damage to floods rather than wind and storm surge. State Farm, represented by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Sullivan & Cromwell, asked the Supreme Court to use the case to resolve a split among the circuits on whether seal violations require the dismissal of FCA suits. Despite opposition from the Rigsby sisters, represented by Weisbrod Matteis & Copley, and from the Justice Department, the justices granted the petition for certiorari last May. You can read more about this lawsuit, and this important issue, on Reuters’ website: https://blogs.reuters.com/alison-frankel/2016/08/17/criminal-defense-bar-sides-with-business-lobby-in-false-claims-act-case-at-scotus/