Maine Pension Changes Are Unconstitutional, 1st Circ. Told

Law360, New York (October 24, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT) -- A group of former public employees and schoolteachers in Maine on Wednesday urged the First Circuit to revive their class action against the state alleging that changes made to its pension law substantially cut payouts in violation of the contract clause of the U.S. Constitution.

In its 77-page brief to the panel, the retirees claimed that amendments made to the pension law in 2011 reduced the amount of money former employees could collect to account for cost of living adjustments, or COLA. They urged the panel...
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