- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court is overturning a $5 million verdict won by state corrections officers who sued over pay and other job-related issues.

Officers won the verdict in a class-action civil lawsuit filed in 2010 over overtime, personal leave and other issues.

The officers originally sued the state prison commissioner and the Alabama Department of Corrections, which claimed it was immune from lawsuit.

The plaintiffs then went ahead with a suit against the Alabama Corrections Institution Finance Authority, which finances prisons and handles real estate.

A jury eventually sided with the officers and ruled against the authority. But the agency argued that it deals with prison financing and land and has nothing to do with personnel-related issues in prisons.

The justices agreed with the state and reversed the verdict.

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