important INFORMATION ABOUT ONGOING ALASKA PUBLIC EMPLOYEEs' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (PERS) AND TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (TRS) LITIGATION


On November 4th, 2016, the Alaska Supreme Court released its decision in Metcalfe v. State of Alaska, a case challenging the legislature's decision in 2005 to remove the ability for former Alaska Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) and Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) members to be reinstated at their prior level of tier service for retirement benefits after 1) returning to public employment and 2) paying back any refunded contributions. After additional litigation at the trial court level, the case is now back before the Alaska Supreme Court.

If you are a former member of PERS or TRS who left public employment and took a refund of your PERS or TRS contributions the outcome of this litigation may have important consequences regarding your ability to be reinstated at your prior PERS or TRS tier level. Similarly, if you are a current Alaska public employee who had a higher PERS or TRS tier level in the past, but returned to public employment after 2010 and now have a lower tier level, the outcome of this litigation may have important consequences regarding your ability to be reinstated at your prior PERS or TRS tier level. 

It is important to note that no final decision has been reached in this case. The litigation is ongoing.

We are attempting to identify as many people as possible who may be affected if we are successful in this case to make sure they can be notified of their rights. Please note that by filling out this form you are giving the Choate Law Firm permission to contact you regarding this case. Your information will be kept confidential. 

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