Pension Litigation-Update 10/31/2018

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    Steve Horchar

    Monday, October 29, 2018
    In the morning, following resolution of a few housekeeping matters, the Court heard opening statements. Charlie Monk presented the Plaintiffs’ opening statement, and Jean Lewis presented the Defendant’s opening statement. Following opening statements, Fire Captain Thomas S. Lake testified. In the afternoon, Mr. Christopher Houser testified, followed by Sergeant Robert F. Cherry, Jr. Plaintiffs also presented the City’s former Finance Director Edward Gallagher and former Plan Actuary Douglas Rowe by prior deposition testimony.
    Local 964 counsel Bob Klausner made an opening statement on behalf of the active members and presented the testimony of Captain Lake.

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018
    In the morning, Fire Captain Stephen Fugate, Mr. Charles Williams, and Mr. Robert Sledgeski testified. In the afternoon, Plaintiffs presented the direct examination of one of their actuary experts, Colin England. Mr. England’s cross-examination and re-direct will continue on Wednesday morning. Following Mr. England’s testimony, Mr. Thomas Lowman, Plaintiffs’ other actuary expert, will testify. Plaintiffs also intend to present several City witnesses through their prior deposition testimony.
    Local 964 Counsel Bob Klausner presented the testimony of former Local 964 President Steve Fugate.

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018
    Today, the City cross-examined Mr. Colin England, after which Plaintiffs had a brief re-direct. Following Mr. England, Plaintiffs presented the testimony of former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, former Deputy Mayor Christopher Thomaskutty, former Budget Director Andrew Kleine, and the City’s prior actuary expert Mr. William Fornia by deposition excerpts. The Judge will read this testimony before the close of Plaintiffs’ case. Plaintiffs then called their second actuary expert, Thomas Lowman. Mr. Lowman’s direct examination lasted a few hours and will continue Thursday morning.

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