Federal Judges Say Denied Raises Were Unconstitutional

Law360, New York (December 4, 2012, 3:14 PM EST) -- Seven federal judges on Friday launched a proposed class action alleging that congressional legislation that blocked judicial cost of living adjustments in six of the past 17 years violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution and the Ethics Reform Act of 1989.

In a suit filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the judges argue that Congress' failure to grant cost of living adjustments from 1995 through 1997, 1999, 2007 and 2010 meant that Congress effectively lowered their pay, violating statutory and constitutional provisions....
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