Attorneys File for Big Fees in SRHS Pension Case

You can bring your enemies to their knees
With the possible exception of the North Vietnamese.
It takes a strong hit from the money machine

James Taylor – Money Machine

Jim Reeves and co. have filed for approval of the final settlement with Singing River Health System.

They also have an extensive filing in support of their $6.5 million fee.

Read the documents here:

Document Repository Litigation

Deposition of Mike Crews

The full deposition of Mike Crews in the Singing River Health System Pension litigation.


Deposition of Morris Strickland

By popular request, the deposition of Morris Strickland.



How to Object to the SRHS Settlement

We have received a request to provide information or a form to object to the settlement. While we would like to do so, we are not in the business of providing legal advice.  The rules of US District Court call for a very specific format and procedure when objecting to a class-action settlement.

The objection must be filed in the proper form and manner or you will lose certain rights.  Unfortunately, the process is designed to make it very difficult for a lay person to switch the vote that has already been cast in their name.

This is a task that almost certainly requires an attorney to complete.  We strongly recommend you seek out competent counsel to file an objection.  Currently the only two attorneys we can recommend in that regard are Earl Denham and Harvey Barton.  All other attorneys with suits against Singing River Health System have signed on and will profit from the current settlement agreement.  Nearly all of those same attorneys have clients who will be filing objections.

If you have an objection to having Denham or Barton represent you, you may seek out other competent counsel.  If there are other attorneys who are currently accepting clients to object to the settlement, please inform us and we will include your contact information.


Below we quote the information on how to object to the settlement.  This is taken from the Class Notice that you should have received in the mail.  


Morris Strickland Under Oath


Object and You’ll Never Walk Alone

If you are contemplating objecting to the proposed settlement, you must know that you will not be alone.  You should not fear repercussions from your employer – for that is prohibited by labor law.  You should not fear repercussions from your co-workers – many of them are also filing objections. You must do what is best for you and your family.  Will your boss or co-worker help you buy groceries in old age?  Can you depend on them pick up the slack that Singing River and Jackson County have let out?

You should not fear repercussions from your attorneys – you are their client. They have an obligation to honor your wishes.  We can tell you that attorneys who put their name on the settlement agreement will be filing several objections on behalf of their clients.

Plaintiffs, both currently employed and retired, are standing up to their attorneys and saying “No! We don’t want this deal. Try again.”

Some of those clients have been very outspoken throughout this process.

Know that if you choose to object, you’ll never walk alone.


If You Choose Not to Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice

deadline: april 25, 2016

You have until the deadline to file your objection with the US District Court to the proposed settlement with Singing River Health System.


Imagine an election where your ballot is already cast for a candidate.  The name of the candidate will not be revealed until after the election is over, but your vote will count even if you don’t show up to the polls.  Your vote will still count even if you never registered to vote.

You would never vote for someone without even knowing his name, much less his character.  This is the situation with the Singing River pension settlement.  Even though the numbers are available to the attorneys, accountants, and other experts, not one person has told you what kind of reduction your pension benefits will take.  Remember those old TV commercials “Put it in writing AT&T!”?  If you demanded your long distance service to put the details in writing, why should you accept less from your pension plan, employer, and attorneys?

Will it be an 88% benefit or a 75% benefit?  Will anyone put it in writing?

Even though you never signed up with an attorney, and even though you haven’t made a decision, the courts will cast your ballot in favor of a plan, unless you take action to stop it.

The truth about this situation is you will take a side whether you like it or not.  You will either stand with truth, justice, and honor, or you will stand with slick attorneys and allow Singing River to never tell the truth about what really happened.


We leave you with the words of one wise contributor to this publication:

I believe a settlement is badly needed. Retirees/employees will get less than they deserve. That is true of all settlements. But if benefits are to be cut in the future, or greater risk placed upon retirees for market changes, then those actions and approval of a settlement have to be done in the most open manner possible. We are adults. We know life is not fair. We have all been disappointed by employers, friends, family, governments, etc. But if I am going to be screwed, I want to at least know why, how and when. So do the SRHS retirees/employees.

This struggle began over a lack of transparency in the operations and management of Singing River Health System. Despite all the litigation and media coverage, a select few are still bent on deciding the financial fate of thousands in back room, secret meetings. Let us pray they fail.


Judge Guirola Denies SRHS Request for Stay

SRHS asked US District Judge Louis Guirola to stop over 150 new cases filed in Jackson County Circuit Court. He has denied their request, though has left the door open for them to come back and ask again. This will hopefully advance the cause of justice under the stewardship of Judge James Bell. Judge Bell was recently appointed by the Supreme Court to oversee the circuit court cases in addition to the Denham & Barton cases in chancery court.

SRHS Watch is thankful to its contributors who routinely provide us with timely updates.


Issues Litigation

Strickland Under Oath

Here’s an excerpt from former SRHS trustee Morris Strickland on how he came to be appointed to the Board of Trustees. Those of you who have additional information on this story should be interested in what he had to say.


SRHS Attorneys Admit Settlement Failure Likely

Singing River’s recent filing in federal court admits several times that it is highly likely that SRHS will not be able to make settlement payments as described.  The motion was intended to stop new litigation filed by attorneys Earl Denham and Harvey Barton on behalf of SRHS retirees. In making the argument, Singing River makes admissions that the likelihood of default on settlement payments is much greater than what they are telling the public.

Insurance Lawsuit Could Severely Damage SRHS Finances

Singing River has been battling with Federal insurance company since July over the issue of coverage limits and defense costs in the pension litigation.  Judge Louis Guirola ruled that the only coverage available for pension matters was limited at $1 million – not the $41 million SRHS claimed. He also ruled that even though the policy is limited at $1 million, Federal must continue to pay unlimited attorneys’ fees for SRHS.