Skip to comments.Retired Portland police and firefighters sue city to keep ($3 million in) pension overpayments
Posted on 09/11/2011 6:24:31 AM PDT by Libloather
Retired Portland police and firefighters sue city to keep pension overpayments
By Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian
Updated: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 11:15 PM
More than 500 retired Portland police and firefighters and their spouses have brought a class action lawsuit against the city, arguing that Portland's public safety retirement fund breached their contract by trying to recoup nearly $3 million the fund mistakenly overpaid them in pension benefits.
The lawsuit, filed initially by five plaintiffs in Multnomah County Circuit Court, seeks to stop the Portland Fire and Police Disability and Retirement Fund from withholding pension payments that the fund's board says its members owe the city for miscalculations that occurred for over a decade.
The suit asks the court to award damages of $25,000 per retiree, as well as attorney fees.
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You’d love it here in Oregon....lots of libs to loathe, haha. On a serious note, only in Oregon would this happen, I find Eugene bad, doesn’t compare to how left Portland is.
Sounds like a deal!
On another note, I don’t think I’ve ever met a single conservative from Portland, I am hard pressed to find one friend among my circle that is right leaning. I don’t think there is one. Eugene sucks.
America being what it is today, I wouldn’t be very suprised if this case did.
Kinda sounds like he knew it was going on the whole time yet didn't speak up. Got any adults out there?
Aged hippies and homeless people, everywhere.
More government is needed to make the system more efficient so things like this can't happen anymore.
Some where, some how, some evil private company like Haliburton is the cause of this mess I just know it!
“Got any adults out there?”
Ummm, nope. We’re talking about union Democrats here. “Gimme, gimme, gimme.” Mr. Cullivan is a retired police lieutenant, too. What’s this say about the mind-set of LEO’s in general? It’s only a crime if you get caught, but it’s never a crime if you’re an LEO.
Rip-off your pension fund for 10 years; No big deal because I deserve it.
Extort money from drug dealers and pimps; No big deal because I deserve it.
Tase and beat a helpless, handcuffed, mentally ill, homeless man to death; No big deal because HE deserved it./s
I really doubt that. Pension calculations are so complex most of the time it is hard to imagine them getting them correct half of the time. I also wonder how they managed to figure out that the calculations in these cases were incorrect.
On a side note most of the time the pension calculation formulas are not available to the rank and file except in a very simplified form.
“as well as attorney’s fees” - it’s always the poor lawyers who get hurt in these matters.
I dont think that the realities of our day are going to permit that.
Most of our states and local governments are in the same fix as was the former Soviet States after the fall of the USSR; Huge liabilities to pensioners and no money to pay them.
The other similarity to the former Soviet States that is still to come is rampant inflation. When that hits the state pensioners are really screwed. They will have to deal with a bankrupt state pension fund and double digit inflation (or higher thanks to the leadership of Obama and the Dimocrats) destroying their saving.
“Yes, your Honor, I am a policeman.
Yes, I did take the money from the bank robber and keep it.
Yes, I used that stolen money for myself.
Hey, he’s the one who stole the money, not me!”
My employer Standard Practice Guide(s) and also on our paycheck stubs say if there is a mistake made in overpayment of any kind, it will be recouped from paycheck, pension, etc. So these folks know they were over-paid, kept the money, then sue to keep the over-payment of funds they were not entitled to?
Taxpayers in Portland should sue them back for “receiving funds not entitled”....
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