Ninth Circuit Crushes Employees' Constitutional Claim

Law360, New York (October 25, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has sided with the state of Oregon, rejecting a challenge to state legislation passed in 2003 which altered the way state employees’ retirement allowances were calculated.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision to grant summary judgment to the defendants-appellees, holding that the changes to the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System resulting from the challenged legislation didn’t constitute a violation of the plaintiffs’ contractual rights with the state.

The eight plaintiffs are all current or...
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