JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Attorneys representing Singing River Health System have responded to allegations that they were involved in a secret meeting with other lawyers, a judge and special master involved in the failed pension fund case.
Kelly Sessoms III, said SRHS strongly denies the allegations made by attorneys Earl Denham and Harvey Barton.
Denham and Barton accused several attorneys involved in the case of holding a "clandestine meeting" with Judge Breland Hilburn and Britt Singletary, the Special Master assigned to the case.
According to Sessoms, the meeting in question involved an update to the federal court class action lawsuit.
"Denham and Barton do not represent any parties in federal court and have repeatedly refused to participate in any settlement discussions in the class action," said Sessoms. "There was no discussion of the merits of the Denham and Barton cases during this meeting."
Sessoms claims Denham and Barton's motion to the Mississippi Supreme Court "failed to follow the Mississippi Bar's disciplinary process."
"Instead of filing bar complaints, which trigger due process all attorneys are entitled to, they leapfrogged straight to the Mississippi Supreme Court in a publicly filed motion to seek a conviction in the court of public opinion," said Sessoms. "All this, without a single eyewitness to what happened in the alleged improper meeting."