Court Rejects State Farm's Bid To Stop Depositions

Law360, New York (October 4, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has rejected a request by State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. that four employees, two of whom are targets of a criminal probe into the company’s handling of Hurricane Katrina-related claims, not be deposed in a civil suit because the employees would risk incriminating themselves by testifying.

“We will be reviewing our options,” a State Farm spokesman said of the ruling, which came down Wednesday afternoon.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Walker had already nixed a motion by State Farm to stop the plaintiffs...
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