Attorneys suing Singing River Health System need to shut up — at least on social media, SRHS attorneys say in a motion filed in U.S. District Court.
The motion calls out attorneys Earl Denham of Ocean Springs and Dustin Thomas of Pascagoula for remarks they have made on Facebook, either on their own pages or those of SRHS Hopes. The SRHS Hopes community page was started for members of the retirement plan who are suing because it is underfunded and, according to Singing River, unable to meet pension obligations.
Attorneys for Singing River law firm Dogan and Wilkinson are asking U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola to issue a protective order that prohibits attorneys for those suing Singing River from “intimidating and threatening” members of the retirement plan with “dishonest and unfounded declarations of wrongdoing.”
Several federal lawsuits filed against Singing River have been consolidated as one case. Attorneys for retirement-plan members, including Thomas and others, are seeking class-action status for their claims of wrongdoing against Singing River. Denham has filed lawsuits against Singing River only in Jackson County Chancery Court.
Singing River’s motion filed in federal case says: “Over the past few months, certain lawyers affiliated with this case (including counsel in the related Chancery Court actions), as well as individuals working at their instruction, have sought to frighten and mislead the potential class members by circulating threatening and incorrect statements.”