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Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs Association v. Contra Costa County Employee Retirement Association.
The time has finally come to have the California Supreme Court to here our case for the ‘Classic Employees’. In 2012, former Governor Jerry Brown, began to try and change public employee’s pensions. According to ‘Jerry’ the state was going to collapse because of these pensions, not the mismanagement of state funding. Thus, in late October of 2012, the State Assembly passed two specific bills that change our pensions. The new pension was called PEPRA (Public Employees Pension Reform Act) which took effect January 1st 2013.
The Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs Association was the first group of employees to file a lawsuit in Superior Court, claiming vested rights and violation contractual law. Our case was not about ‘spiking pensions’ since all of our benefits were paid for by the county and employees. In June of 2014 we lost the argument in the Superior Court and filed an appeal in the California Appellate Court.
In 2018 the 1st District of the California Appellate Court stated (in summary), that CCCERA violated the law in calculating our pensions. However, since the pension benefits were agreed upon by all parties involved, payed for by the parties, and hundreds of employees have retired with the benefit, we are afforded vested rights due to ‘equitable estoppel’
On May 5th, the Supreme Court of California will hear oral arguments in our case. Attorney, Timothy K. Talbot, from Raines, Lucia, Stern, St. Phalle & Sliver, PC, has represented the DSA from the beginning and will continue to represent our concerns. Talbot presented in front of the Appellate Court in 2018.
Case: S247095, Supreme Court of California
Case ordered on calendar
Notes: To be argued on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 9:00 am, in San Francisco. Counsel to appear via video or teleconference per Administrative Orders 2020-03-13 (March 16, 2020) and 2020-03-27 (March 27, 2020).
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