On March 4, 2014 Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Finifter issued a decision ordering Baltimore County to pay back $1,413,120.81 to approximately 400 police retirees for overcharges in health care since July 1 , 2007. The decision stems from a hearing held on February 6, 2014 in which evidence was presented supporting the amount of overcharges. In the order, Judge Finifter refers back to a prior order in which he issued on August 28, 2013 that gave the County 20 days to comply by restoring the retirees to the proper subsidy split and to reimburse each retiree.
This case originates from a grievance which was filed by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 in September 2007. The case was heard by an arbitrator in July 2008. The arbitrator ruled in favor of the FOP. The County challenged the arbitrator’s decision and the case eventually ended up being heard in April 2012 by the states highest court, The Maryland Court of Appeals. The Court issued a decision in favor of the FOP in November 2012.
The County has since been contesting the amount owed to the retirees which is what led to the March 4, 2014 decision.