By Marcia Coyle
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the government's appeal of a decision finding that Congress violated the compensation clause when it withheld cost of living salary adjustments for federal judges in the 1990s and in 2007 and 2010.
The denial of review in U.S. v. Beer ended litigation that had roots more than three decades ago.
The en banc U.S.. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled last fall that a 1989 law prevented Congress from abrogating the law 's "precise and definite commitment" to automatic yearly cost of living adjustments for sitting members of the judiciary. The appellate court ruling is here.
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