The state Supreme Court this week issued notice that oral arguments will be heard in early November in the 3 percent retirement case that MEA has waged through seven years and several appeals by Gov. Rick Snyder.
The court will hear arguments on November 7 or 8 in the union’s 2010 lawsuit seeking the return of money taken from school employees’ paychecks to fund retiree health care that was never guaranteed to be provided.
A more precise calendar of arguments will be posted by the court on Oct. 10. Limited public seating is available for proceedings in Michigan’s Supreme Court.
Snyder appealed the 3 percent case for the third time more than one year ago. Three previous lower court rulings have found in MEA’s favor, ordering the return of more than $550 million held in escrow since the litigation began.
Both the trial court and Court of Appeals agreed the law which unilaterally deducted money from school employees’ paychecks violated state and federal constitutional protections involving the taking of private property without compensation, due process, and impairment of contracts.
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