Judge Robin Giarrusso signed the order on March 28 but only became public today.
This latest round in the decades-long battle between the city and firefighters over pension obligations comes at a particularly bad time for the City of New Orleans, as the prospect of paying for consent decree-mandated reforms at the NOPD and Orleans Parish Prison loom large.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued this statement late Monday following news of the judge's order:
“The City is filing a motion for a new trial on the grounds that the ruling is contrary to the law and evidence. Currently, the Firefighters Pension Fund is threatening the City's budget and is costing the taxpayers too much. The system is only 40 percent funded, has high administrative costs, is not properly managed and has made poor investment decisions. Mayor Landrieu is committed to ensuring the Firefighter's pension system is sustainable for both the firefighters and the City. That's why we are proposing several bills this legislative session that will make benefits more sustainable and matches authority for decision-making with the responsibility for payment."