Thursday, September 12, 2019

Attorneys DQ'ed in Water Bill Lawsuit

The city of Jackson issued the following statement.
Tuesday, Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Tiffany Grove signed an order to disqualify former City of Jackson attorneys Pieter Teeuwissen and Anthony R. Simon, currently of Simon & Teeuwissen, PLLC and Jeffrey M. Graves of Graves Legal Services, PLLC from representing six water-sewer customers seeking to stop the City of Jackson from issuing water cut-off notices and terminating any service to delinquent customers. The civil action was initially filed on June 18, 2019 following Mayor Lumumba’s announcement that the City of Jackson would be taking legal action against Siemens. The City filed a motion to have the attorneys disqualified based on the Mississippi Rules of Professional Conduct.

According to court documents, Teeuwissen represented the City of Jackson in all aspects of the Performance Contracting Agreement with Siemens Industry, while Simon served as the City’s co-bond council to help facilitate the funding of the agreement, which initially cost the City of Jackson approximately $90M.

The order further bars Teeuwissen, Simon, and Graves from making any statements to the media, general public, or any new counsel for the plaintiffs about the Siemens Performance Contract Agreement with the City of Jackson or other related matters.

Kingfish note: Mr. Teeusissen has represented JJ in a public records lawsuit in Madison County.


Something ... this way comes said...

An attorney with Mr. Teeuwissen's legal prowess should have seen this outcome. So what's his endgame? He definitely has something else up his sleeve.

Anonymous said...

teeuwissen is an idiot.

Something...this way comes said...

7:03a where's your proof? I'll wait.

Anonymous said...

He is an outstanding attorney in the area of governmental law. Outside of that I don’t know. But he was the smartest guy in the room at the COJ and also the county board.

The guy calling him an idiot likely got his ass handed to him by Pieter. There’s plenty of people that could be.

Anonymous said...

Get the name right. It's a complex name, but, get it right.

Anonymous said...

Teeuwissen and his partner obviously wanted this whole legal process to flounder and flop. They knew this would happen. It will come out in court that both screwed up while involved in the contract.

Anonymous said...

Well being DQ'ed is better that being KO'ed....

Anonymous said...


the proof is the Court Order-

Anonymous said...

glad to see there is a judge out there who managed to get one right

Anonymous said...

@7:44 - the smartest guy in the room at the COJ or County board room? That ain't saying much. The county hasn't had a decent board atty since Ruma Haque died.

Anonymous said...

Was Simon & Teeuwissen, PLLC and Graves Legal Services, PLLC involved in the original set up of the Siemens deal?

Anonymous said...

They probably did it as a political favor to somebody. They ain’t dumb.

Anonymous said...

This outcome was obvious. What's not so obvious is phase two and three of this scenario. There is a plan. Stay tuned.

Anonymous said...

Anyone janking on Pieter is an idiot. Pieter is solid, smart and savvy. How I wish there were a dozen like him that could be spread around.

Anonymous said...

KF, I can't express how thankful I am to you for covering news like this. Quick question for anyone, I'm honestly confused and losing track of these lawsuits. I was under the impression that the City was suing Siemens. Obviously the City's the defendant here, which means Siemens struck first. Does this mean the city isn't suing Siemens or are there two cases going on right now?

Anonymous said...

So, the plantiff's attorneys got disqualified for having been involved in the original deal. Peiter for being the city attorney? OK. Granted he left the city shortly afterward because he knew how dirty this Harvey Johnson deal was, as a way to pay everybody off one last time while leaving office. But Andrew as "co-bond counsel"? Who was the city's attorney in this case?

OK. Answer here. None other than the one and only Sam Begley, who was the BOND COUNSEL that made hundreds of thousands of dollars out of this deal. Not co-counsel as Andrew was, actually being the counsel for the MS Development Authority. Begley who was arguing this case for the city was the guy that certified the bond deal as the city's counsel. When does he get his hand slapped as well, with the same sanctions?

Can't be too soon. Having three lawyers having to keep their mouths shut is a good thing, but adding another (who keeps his mouth in gear at all times, especially when he has had a little too much) is even better.

Something ... this way comes said...

@9:03 so a court order translates to being an idiot? Ohhhh thanks for the lesson. Lol

Anonymous said...

Yes it does Pieter-

Anonymous said...

to 10;, savvy?....he didn't look that back in 2007 when he got his ass handed to him on a platter in the babes strip bar litigation/injunction hearing before wingate. don't take my word for it , look it up. at that time hw as representing the corrupt melton administration. the bar should look into this type of conduct , but they are too busy trying to decide where to go to lunch.

Anonymous said...

You 9:00 are forgetting the facts of that case. Seriously, he was representing the city. He told Melton what could be done within the law. Funny that one setback in court and you're ready to call the Bar lol
What about the other wins and how he protected the city and county. The money that could have been paid out for frivolous lawsuits. You go look it up but do take my word.

Anonymous said...

to don't know much about the practice of law do you?

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