Ad Distances Insurer from GC’s Comments About Judges
Posted Apr 20, 2007 8:15 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
United Automobile Insurance Co. took out an ad in the Daily Business Review in an effort to distance itself from its general counsel’s comment that Miami judges “are being paid off,” the Daily Business Review reports.
Immediately after making the comment, general counsel Charles Grimsley had told a reporter for the paper that he could not prove such an allegation. Later he told the paper he believes state court judges are hostile to his company, but “I don't think there's any money changing hands."
The North Miami Beach insurer is trying to uncover billing fraud in claims filed by policyholders and insurers. The company has filed a motion that seeks the recusal of the judge hearing a fee request and says a complaint has been filed against her with the Judicial Qualifications Commission.
The judge would not comment on the allegations, according to a court spokeswoman. The Dade County Bar Association wrote a letter criticizing the general counsel for the comment and the Daily Business Review for publishing it, the newspaper says.