St. Dominic filed suit against Candice Crane, Tiffany Simmons, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, and other state agencies on May 27, 2015. Ms. Crane is the sister of Ms. Simmons. Ms. Crane is the legal conservator for her sister and her sister's estate. Ms. Simmons suffered from a brain injury and apparently requires institutionalized care. Ms. Crane admitted her sister to St. Dominic in April but the hospital does not offer long-term care that is required by Ms. Simmons. Ms. Simmons was kicked out of Methodist Specialty Care Center earlier this year for "failure to meet the center's guidelines." St. Dominic claimed no facilities in the state would accept Ms. Simmons as a patient. St. Dominic petitioned the Rankin County Chancery Court to order a "health care decision or order other equitable relief."
DMH filed a motion to recuse against Chancellor McLaurin as Ms. Crane's Linkedin profile states that she worked as a court reporter for the Chancellor from March 2007 to March 2008. She is currently the official court reporter for the Twentieth Circuit Court District (Rankin and Madison Counties). The Chancellor refused to step down from the case even though the defendant was his former court reporter. MDMH appealed to the Mississippi Supreme Court.