The Gulfport couple filed suit in April 2006 and hired Dickie Scruggs and his Katrina legal group. After Scruggs was indicted on bribery charges last year, the remaining attorneys restructured as the Katrina Litigation group. Over the weekend, the Collins found out from news reports that the lawyers who’d represented them for two years had been disqualified.
Ann Collins said, “I was shocked. It’s just like the bottom fell out. ”
The Collins received a letter on Tuesday indicating they had 45 days to find a new attorney or possibly have their case dismissed without prejudice. The letter explained, “You could later file your case again, but only within the three year statute of limitations which may expire as soon as August 28th, 2008.”