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Retirees to proceed with individual lawsuits

Mike Wilborne and Phyllis Jackson, two of the plaintiffs in the Local Optional Retirement Plan case, said Monday afternoon that although one door was shut, another one was opened as the group of retirees met following the court hearing. 

“We’ll file individual cases for breach of contract,” said Wilborne on Monday.

“Following the court hearing, the LORP group met at an undisclosed location to decide further actions.

“Many of the LORP participants decided they’ll file individual lawsuits against the school board, and it will be left up to the individuals as to who they will use to represent them and move forward in that direction,” Wilborne said.

“Many of them today said they were going to move forward with individual lawsuits,” he added.

“I feel like the judge would not have stated breach of contract if we did not have a case,” said Jackson. “I feel like if that wasn’t a door opening for us, he wouldn’t have stated it.”

“We’re pleased with where we are,” Wilborn continued. “We’re pleased with our legal representation.  We felt like they did a good job, and we’re ready to move forward to the next phase.”

Rand and Steve Conti, who also represented the plaintiffs at Monday’s hearing, both met with the group later to formulate their next move.

Jackson hinted it would probably be best to move quickly with the individual breach of contract suits.

“It would probably be best if they move quickly, because this is the school board that approved the retirement and the same school board that ended it in July,” said Jackson. “I feel personally it’s best to do it while we’re under the same school board.”