CHICAGO — The Minnesota attorney general’s office and lawyers representing state retirees in a lawsuit challenging benefit cuts will lay out their cases by the end of the month in summary judgment motions that seek a quick ruling.

A hearing during which both sides will argue their cases is set for March 22. The case is advancing as some local and state officials across the country have raised the specter of cutting what retirees believe are their vested pension rights to deal with deficits and growing unfunded pension liabilities.

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