Sept. 15 trial date set in pensuit lawsuit; no settlement yet

By Ted Nesi and Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A Rhode Island judge set a Sept. 15 trial date in the high-stakes union lawsuit over the state’s 2011 pension overhaul Wednesday morning, just hours after a much-anticipated news conference to outline a proposed settlement was abruptly called off.

In a surprising sequence of events, the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service sent reporters an email at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday announcing that the 2:30 p.m. news conference was being postponed indefinitely. Shortly thereafter, R.I. Director of Administration Richard Licht confirmed that the judge moved Wednesday morning to set Sept. 15 as the date when a trial over the pension lawsuit will start.

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4 thoughts on “Sept. 15 trial date set in pensuit lawsuit; no settlement yet

  1. Gee, Looks like Rhode Island will get to have an adjudicated settlement of the constitutionality of the pension reform. This Judge is spineless. She didn’t do her job and we lost a year of negotiating. I always believed that the deal was as fair to the retiree’s workers and the taxpayers as possible. Therefore the deal was as good as it was gonna get. Raimondo is the rare liberal that understands math.

  2. So it goes to trial – that will take 2 months. Then one side appeals, that will take 6 months. Then the appeal decision is appealed to a full panel.

    Finally this goes to SCOTUS maybe in 2016 and a decision is finalized.

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