Court Lets Judicial COLA Decision Stand

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday declined to review a decision approving cost-of-living increases (COLAs) for six federal judges who sued for back pay. The move lets stand an order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that Congress pay the COLA for the six years when it had been denied. While the case does not automatically raise salaries for all judges, another group is trying to get a class-action lawsuit approved so more than 1,000 current and former federal judges can sue for lost pay. WRCB TV3 has an Associated Press story on the issue.