Annual Adjustment & Benefit Supplement Lawsuit
The latest updates on the Annual Adjustment Lawsuit
Lawsuit Participation To Re-Open January 1
The DPROA voted to re-open participation in the Annual Adjustment lawsuit beginning January 1, 2020 through March 31, 2020. More information about how to join will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
Please remember that you must be a DPROA member to join the lawsuit and must remain a member in good standing throughout the duration of the lawsuit. If you wish to participate and are not currently a member, you will be required to pay the $400 lawsuit participation fee in addition to the $157.50 pro-rated dues for 2019 as well as membership dues for 2020. These monies will be due along with the contractual form which will be posted as soon as it becomes available so check back regularly.
DPROA files Annual Adjustment & Benefit Supplement Lawsuit
FEBRUARY 8, 2019
ANNUAL ADJUSTMENT & BENEFIT SUPPLEMENT LAWSUIT FILED
The DPROA filed a lawsuit today against the Texas Pension Review Board (PRB) in Travis County, TX. The suit seeks a declaratory judgment that the changes made to the annual adjustment and benefit supplement provisions of the pension statute with the adoption of HB 3158 are void, illegal, unenforceable, or unconstitutional.
A copy of the filing will be made available to DPROA members for viewing on the DPROA website at dproa.org. (READ IT HERE.)
DPROA attorneys, Feldman & Feldman, will represent the DPROA for a fixed fee (with no contingency fees) in the case filing and trial, any appellate levels, and enforcement, if necessary.
Full, Affiliate, and Active DROP members (and their survivors) who are dues-paying members of DPROA in good standing are eligible to participate in the lawsuit. To be included, each participant must contribute $400 in addition to the required membership fees as outlined below. Those active officers and firefighters who are not eligible for DPROA membership will also be given an opportunity to participate in the lawsuit and pay the required $400 legal fee.
To be included in this lawsuit, each participant must make their payment dated no later than May 31, 2019, with payment being received by the DPROA no later than June 7, 2019 either in person to a board member, or at its US postal mailing address:
PO BOX 720446
Dallas, TX 75372
This legal contribution fee of $400.00 must also be accompanied by the signed Contractual Agreement form which will be available at the DPROA website. New members must also submit a completed DPROA Member Application form. The new Member Application form must be accompanied by a separate check for membership dues. Membership application forms can also be located on our website.
Eligible participant categories in this lawsuit consist of:
_____ Full/Active Members of DPROA (including surviving spouses or other eligible beneficiaries) paying annual dues of $270.00 ($22.50 monthly or $270.00 annually) would pay $400.00 towards the lawsuit
_____ Affiliate Members of DPROA (including surviving spouses or other eligible beneficiaries) paying annual dues of $135.00 ($11.25 monthly or $135.00 annually) would pay $400.00 towards the lawsuit
_____ Active DROP Members of DPROA paying annual dues of $120.00 ($10.00 monthly or $120.00 annually) would pay $400.00 towards the lawsuit
_____ Retired Police Officers or Firefighters or Active DROP officers who are eligible to join DPROA but who have not done so, will be required to join DPROA and pay the annual dues for their appropriate category of Full/Active or Affiliate or Active DROP, and then also pay $400.00 towards the lawsuit
_____ Active Police Officers or Firefighters who are not eligible to join the DPROA under Constitutional provisions, will only pay $400.00 towards the lawsuit
Each contributor must agree that he/she will maintain his/her membership dues as being current throughout the duration of the lawsuit. Failure to do so will result in the individual being removed as a participant with no refund of any monies paid for dues or the filing of the lawsuit.