Attorneys disqualified in water shutoff case

By ANTHONY WARREN,

A Hinds County chancery judge had disqualified three attorneys seeking to halt water shutoffs in the city of Jackson.

Yesterday, Judge Tiffany Grove ruled that attorneys Pieter Teeuwissen, Anthony Simon and Jeffrey Graves do have a conflict in the case.

Grove further stated that the three are prohibited from “making any statements to plaintiffs’ subsequent counsel, the media or the general public” regarding the Siemens contract.

The attorneys represented six Jackson municipal water customers, who argued the city should no longer shut off water for nonpayment, in light of the city’s suit against Siemens Industry and its subcontractors.

Jackson is suing Siemens for $225 million in damages in connection with its energy performance contract with the firm.

Jackson entered into the Siemens contract in 2012. Teeuwissen was city attorney from 2009 to 2013. Simon was hired as co-bond counsel and both were involved “in virtually all aspects of the performance contracting agreement between the city and Siemens Industry,” court documents state.

Grove has stayed proceedings in the case for 30 days to allow plaintiffs to find additional counsel.

Click here to read a copy of the ruling: https://www.northsidesun.com/sites/default/files/water%20shutoff%20rulin...

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