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Disagreement with plaintiff attorneys leads to flood of new suits in circuit court

Attorney Earl Denham has begun filing lawsuit for his 200-plus clients in Circuit Court. (Photo source: WLOX News) Attorney Earl Denham has begun filing lawsuit for his 200-plus clients in Circuit Court. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Attorney Jim Reeves says the answer is a 'double-barrel' approach with suits in chancery court and  with a federal class action lawsuit. (Photo source: WLOX News) Attorney Jim Reeves says the answer is a 'double-barrel' approach with suits in chancery court and with a federal class action lawsuit. (Photo source: WLOX News)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

On Wednesday, Jackson County Chancery Court Judge Breland Hilburn severed more than 200 clients from the main lawsuit against Singing River Health System.

It is a reflection of the fundamental disagreement between leading attorneys for the plaintiffs. The disagreement means a flood of new lawsuits in Circuit Court.

Attorney Earl Denham wants one thing, Jim Reeves wants another; but they both think they have the best way to help their clients get full funding of their pension plan.

Denham says the chancery court shut down discovery that has kept him from finding out who is at fault for the failed system.

“You take more depositions than this in an automobile accident case,” he said. “This is one of the biggest accounting scandals ever to occur in the history of the world. And we take two depositions?”

Reeves says he has enough evidence to have a fair settlement with the hospital and county.

“We received, I guess, over the last seven or eight months 120,000 pages of documents that we’ve indexed, collated and reviewed by experts, and we’re satisfied that we have an accurate financial picture of the hospital, an accurate financial picture of the pension plan and what is owed the plan," said Reeves. 

Reeves wants to move on to bigger things in both chancery court and with a federal class action lawsuit.

“We expect and anticipate doing a lot more discovery and a lot of investigating into other entities that had their hands in the business of the trust and we think of the trust money," Reeves added. 

For Denham, the answer is not in federal court where he believes there won’t be enough money for the retirees.

“You don’t have to believe in fairy tales to understand that that’s silly,” Denham said. “That money is never going to come. This plan is designed to fail up front.”

The best step, according to Dehnam, is in circuit court, where he plans to sue the state for fraud.

“We’re probably going to amend those that we have filed and just start filing them until we file all 200 of them,” Denham said. “I don’t think they seriously believe that sue this county 200 times, but I don’t ever bluff about anything. If I say I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it. And I’m going to do it.”

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