Cherry v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City,
Circuit Court for Baltimore City

This website pertains to the class action lawsuit captioned Robert F. Cherry, Jr., et al. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City, Case No. 24-C-16-004670, pending in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland. This website provides information regarding the lawsuit and your legal rights.


Certain members of the Plan, the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #3, the Baltimore City Firefighters’ IAFF, Local 734, and the Baltimore Fire Officers, Local 964, International Association of Firefighters (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) have sued the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City (“City”) for breaching the Plan contract with members of the Plan by failing to fund the Plan adequately and by adopting Baltimore City Ordinance 10-306 effective June 30, 2010 (“Ordinance 10-306” or “Ordinance”) which, among other changes to the Plan, eliminated the Variable Benefit feature and provided a fixed, age-tiered cost-of-living adjustment (“COLA”) instead. The Court has approved Plaintiffs Charles Williams and Christopher Houser as the Class Representatives for Plan members who were retired as of June 30, 2010, the effective date of the Ordinance (“Retired Members”). Mr. Williams, a firefighter, retired on March 12, 2004. Mr. Houser, a police officer who was injured in the line of duty, involuntarily retired on August 20, 2005. The Court has also approved Plaintiff Robert Sledgeski as the Class Representative for Plan members who were eligible to retire but not yet retired from active service as of June 30, 2010 (“Retirement-Eligible Members”). Mr. Sledgeski was a firefighter who was eligible to retire as of June 30, 2010, but who had not yet retired from active service. Messrs. Houser, Sledgeski, and Williams are sometimes referred to herein as “Class Plaintiffs.”