Memory Lane: Jackson County Outsource Group

The folks over at SRHS Watch solve a few year old mysteries with today’s installment:

Inside Baseball: How Roy Williams’ Son Got a Sweetheart Deal at SRHS Part I ~SRHS Watch

Those of you that need to catch up can click here.

Anyone else remember……

Sometime back when the SRHS pension plan fiasco first entered the news cycle, the gang at the Hospital had an early set of talking points that included yammering about how the plan was a public sector plan and that ERISA did not apply (Slabbed debunked those talking points here). Today of course the pension plan litigation is back in state court exactly where SRHS originally said it belonged in those early statements. Except now they do not like the Chancellor assigned to the case.

Quietly and behind the scenes Slabbed has been getting some sage legal analysis from the local legal community. As is often the case I can’t disclose any of what has been shared but what I can do is point to what we already know and maybe gain a few clues about the forces at play. In short this is not about the Health System as much as it is about the folks that control it and the scrappy group of retirees that aren’t going down without a fight. We start with the latest:

Who has a conflict? Certainly not the judge on SRHS cases, retirees argue ~ Anita Lee

The Sun Herald linked a copy of the recusal opposition from retiree Cynthia Almond to accompany the story and it is a must download and read. Retiree lawyers Harvey Barton and Earl Denham turn the Hospital recusal motion on its head, pointing out the glaring legal conflicts that exist between SRHS and its law firm, especially at the time the acts that are the subject of the litigation were perpetrated.

We covered all this, the rumored insider transactions involving then Board Attorney Roy Williams, SRHS and companies owned in part by Mr. Williams’ sons. One of those related party transactions is now incredibly the subject of litigation between SRHS and Team Williams.  Aside from that lawsuit however, SRHS has faithfully stood by their law firm’s side ostensibly even accepting Mr. Williams’ son as their new Board attorney, even after Slabbed placed the proverbial cherry on top with new potential conflicts. Continue reading “Anyone else remember……”

The dominoes begin to tumble: SRHS files suit against Jackson Co Outsource Group (updated)

And April Havens has the scoop for the Mississippi Press:

SRHS files suit against Jackson County Outsource Group, claiming company overbilled for collections services

Jackson County Outsource Group or JCOG, owned by Gentry Williams and Jon Reynolds, entered into a contract with SRHS on Dec. 1, 2012, according to the complaint filed Tuesday in Circuit Court.

Williams is the son of longtime SRHS board attorney Roy Williams, who is listed as the registered agent who helped form the LLC. As the registered agent, he is designated to receive service of process when the business is a party in a legal action, such as a lawsuit or summons.

And Reynolds is connected to Board Attorney Roy Williams via Charter Bank, Small world huh.

The folks at the Mississippi Press were kind enough to share the complaint for damages, which can be found here. This looks like a jailbreak to me.

Update

An earlier version of this post identified Jon Reynolds as SRHS Attorney Roy Williams law partner. I apologize for the error.