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.
The Court has ordered that a hearing be held on May 16, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the Courthouse for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, 2012 15th Street, Suite 814, Gulfport, MS 39501, to determine whether the proposed settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate; whether it should be approved by the Court; whether judgment should be entered dismissing the Lawsuit with prejudice; and the amount of attorneys’ fees and costs to be awarded to Settlement Class Counsel.
The settlement hearing may be continued from time to time by the Court. A Settlement Class Member wishing to object to the settlement must file a written objection to it. Your written objection must be postmarked on or before April 25, 2016.
Any member of the settlement class who objects to the settlement may appear in person or through counsel, at his or her own expense, at the Fairness Hearing to present any evidence or argument that may be proper and relevant. However, no member of the settlement class shall be heard and no papers, briefs, pleadings, or other documents submitted by any member of the settlement class shall be received and considered by the Court unless such member of the settlement class shall both file with the Court and mail to Settlement Class Counsel and counsel for the defendant Singing River Health System, at the addresses designated in the class notice, a written objection that includes
(a) your name and address, and, if applicable, the name, address, and telephone number of your attorney;
(b) a notice of whether you intend to appear;
(c) a statement of membership in the settlement class;
(d) the specific grounds for the objection and any reasons that such member of the settlement class desires the Court to consider.
Your objection must be accompanied by copies of any supporting papers or briefs you intend to submit in support of your objection. Your objection must also include, if applicable:
(1) the names of any attorney(s) that will appear on behalf of the objector;
(2) the names of any lay witnesses that will present testimony on behalf of the objector at the Fairness Hearing;
(3) a list of any evidence that the objector wishes to present at the Fairness Hearing;
(4) and copies of reports and curricula vitae of any expert witnesses that will appear on behalf of the objector at the Fairness Hearing. Objections must be filed with the Court and mailed to Settlement Class Counsel and Defendants’ Counsel at the addresses listed below.
ANY CLASS MEMBER WHO DOES NOT OBJECT IN THE WAY DESCRIBED ABOVE SHALL BE DEEMED TO HAVE WAIVED SUCH OBJECTION AND SHALL NOT HAVE ANY RIGHT TO OBJECT TO THE FAIRNESS OR ADEQUACY OF THE SETTLEMENT.
Court: Clerk of the Court, U.S. District Court, 2012 15th Street, Suite 814, Gulfport, MS 39501
Settlement Class Counsel: Jim Reeves, Reeves & Mestayer, 160 Main Street, Biloxi, MS 39530
Defense Counsel: A. Kelly Sessoms, Dogan & Wilkinson, 734 Delmas Avenue, Pascagoula, MS 39568-1618
IF YOU WISH TO OBJECT CONTACT:
Earl Denham, 228-875-1234, 424 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs, MS
Harvey Barton, 228-769-2070, 3007 Magnolia St, Pascagoula, MS