Springfield “Pension Lawsuit Unnecessary” Contends Tobben in Springfield News Leader

The Springfield News Leader article entitled, “Pension lawsuit unnecessary, contends lawyer for Springfield police, fire retirees,” features an interview with Dan Tobben.

Hired by the police and fire associations, Tobben has signed on to represent more than half of the retirees.

Speaking with the News-Leader before the closed meeting with his clients, Tobben said he understands the city’s motivation but thinks the suit is unnecessary.

“I don’t think it’s based on ill will,” he said. “To me it’s just unfortunate.”

Tobben said he doesn’t think the restrictions in state law or the constitution apply to the cost-of-living adjustments, which are not new benefits but rather the annual application of an existing one.

He also doesn’t think the suit is based on a real controversy — a view shared by the Attorney General’s Office, which filed a motion July 19 asking that the lawsuit be dismissed.

Read full story… Springfield News Leader

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