The City of Dallas is staring down the barrel of a $4 billion lawsuit filed 22 years ago by firefighters and police officers who claim they were shortchanged on pay raises. The lawsuit, filed in 1994, is the longest-running lawsuit currently in the Texas court system. It accuses the city of reneging on pay-raise requirements passed in a 1979 referendum.
According to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings: “In 1979, citizens wanted to give firemen and police officers a raise. They did not plan on it costing 4 billion dollars.” According to WFAA there are now over 10,000 plaintiffs to the suit, which is headed to trial next spring.
The suit comes down to the interpretation of three words: “shall be maintained”.
Here is a link to extensive news coverage of the suit from WFAA, lasting over 6 minutes. We were unable to embed it here.