- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The judge in the legal fight over the state’s 2011 landmark public pension system overhaul has given preliminary approval to a proposed class action settlement.

Rhode Island Superior Court Associate Justice Sarah Taft-Carter filed a 21-page decision Friday granting the plaintiffs’ motion for the settlement. The court says final approval of the settlement would occur after a public fairness hearing May 20.

The state and most plaintiffs in the legal battle filed a joint motion April 13 in Superior Court. The motion says the settlement avoids the expense and risks of a trial.

Taft-Carter says the proposed settlement is “preliminarily approved as being fair, adequate, and reasonable.”

Unions representing municipal police, Cranston police and Cranston firefighters, which represent about 800 people, rejected the settlement and aren’t included in the motion.

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