SAN FRANCISCO — The Orange County, Calif., Board of Supervisors voted this week to proceed with a lawsuit that seeks to reverse pension benefit hikes granted to sheriff’s deputies in 2002.

The board voted 5 to 0 to authorize law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP to move forward with a suit to seek a declaration that the benefit increases were unconstitutional and to seek an injunction barring the county’s retirement board from paying out the increased pension benefits for any years of service prior to 2002.

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