ST. LOUIS - A Missouri federal judge on April 10 denied an incarcerated defendant's motion to dismiss or sever a lawsuit filed by the special deputy receiver (SDR) of three insolvent insurers alleging a fraudulent scheme conducted by the defendant regarding the insurers (Jo Ann Howard & Associates P.C., et al. v. J. Douglas Cassity, et al., No. 09-01252, E.D. Mo.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49622).