JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Singing River Health System Retirees and their attorneys are expected in court Monday morning in Jackson County as the battle continues to stop hospital officials from terminating the troubled pension plan.
Judge Neil Harris granted retiree Kitty Aguilar's request for a 10 day temporary restraining order the day before Christmas. Aguilar is the fourth person to file a civil suit against the health system in Jackson County Chancery Court, but the hospital system has moved those cases to federal court.
Attorney Earl Denham and his partner, Harvey Barton, are working to get those cases back in chancery court. They have more clients ready to sue to prevent changes to the pension plan.
"Instead of saying do we settle for nothing and give up, or do we settle for a slice of bread out of a loaf. People need to understand that the bottom line is refunding the retirement account," said Denham. "I know it can't be done overnight, but surely there is a plan that we can work on to do that."
Harris has set another hearing in chancery court for Monday at 9 a.m.
Meanwhile, U.S. District Court Judge Louis Guirola is deciding whether the lawsuits filed against Singing River Health System belong in state or federal court.