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Graydon Head Wins Another Public Pension Case

The Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of Graydon Head client, the City of Cincinnati, ending another chapter in the protracted legal battle over the municipality’s public pension fund. In Bates v. City of Cincinnati, Case No.2014-0215, the Ohio Supreme Court denied the plaintiff’s request for the high court to hear further appeals. This ruling upheld the First District Court of Appeals’ broad decision in favor of the City. These rulings preserve the City’s ability to respond to shifting market conditions and to modify certain benefits as necessary. The Graydon Head team of attorneys included Steve Goodin, John Pinney, and Julie Pugh.

This is the team’s second major victory on behalf of the City’s pension fund. In Gamel v. City of Cincinnati, Graydon Head obtained (and defended) a defense verdict in a class action complaint brought by municipal retirees concerned about changes to their healthcare benefits. This win is estimated to have saved the pension fund more than $300 million. Graydon Head also represents the City in a six-party federal mediation process that is designed to adjudicate multiple class action complaints against the pension fund.

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