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Attorneys representing SRHS retirees appeal settlement to 5th Circuit

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) -

Attorneys representing Singing River Health System retirees want the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to take a look at the $150 million class action settlement that was approved in June.

An appeal filed by Earl Denham and Harvey Barton cites eight alleged issues with the settlement agreement. Those issues include the belief by this group the settlement is not fair, reasonable or accurate. It alleges the judge hearing the case “committed an abuse of discretion by its failure to take any action regarding the perjured testimony about shredding of documents.”

SRHS representatives said they have received a copy of the appeal brief and they will "respond accordingly."

"Singing River Health System believes that Judge Guirola’s approval of the settlement will be upheld by the appeals court, and we look forward to a final resolution of the pension litigation," a SRHS representative said.

The settlement was set up to pay retirees 100 percent of the money they are owed over a 35-year period. The legal wrangling in this case has been going on for two years after SRHS administrators discovered the hospital system stopped contributing to its employees retirement fund in 2009.

WLOX News Now is sifting through the documents filed today. We will bring you more details later tonight on WLOX News Now and WLOX.com.

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