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Judge dismisses records lawsuit against Moore

Posted July 21, 2008

— A trial court judge has dismissed a public records lawsuit against State Treasurer Richard Moore alleging he withheld documents about the pensions he runs.

Superior Court Judge Jim Hardin entered the dismissal motion Monday in Wake County court.

The State Employees Association of North Carolina accused Moore of failing to comply fully with records requests for information about the pension fund. But Moore said his office provided more than 2,000 pages of records – all of the documents that the group had asked to receive – and called the lawsuit politically motivated because it was filed in the middle of his campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, which he lost to Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue.

“It is unfortunate that SEANC’s tactics scared retirees about the security of the second best pension fund in the nation. North Carolinians can rest assured that our pension fund remains strong and secure,” Moore said in a statement.

Hardin dismissed the lawsuit because he wrote the group failed to provide facts that support a claim meriting relief.

Moore's lawyer last month accused an association attorney of offering a bribe to drop the lawsuit. The group called the accusation preposterous.

“This is not the first time SEANC has had to overcome adversity at the North Carolina Superior Court level regarding state employees’ retirement security,” SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope said in a statement.

The group's board of director will meet to decide whether to appeal Hardin's ruling.


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  • Tarheel born Jul 21, 2008

    Mr. Moore has kept his promise and made all current retirees and future retirees the second best retirement system in the U.S. What we need to do is FIRE Dana Cope. He's nothing but a political hack. AND, he wasted tens of thousands of OUR dollars pursuing something that was and is already public record. His best interest is his OWN best interest.

  • dogman1973 Jul 21, 2008

    Who wants to bet that Moore's suit got dropped in an exchange for him endorsing old Bev Perdue for Gov'nor?

  • whatelseisnew Jul 21, 2008

    If I were a current or future retiree within this system, the only thing I would care about is whether the plan was doing well or not. Would it surprise me if Moore was getting contributions from fund managers? Nope.

  • TechRescue Jul 21, 2008

    SEANC got it's nominee - no point in pursuing the issue any longer. Wait... You actually thought they had the publics best interests at heart?

  • gator nation gal Jul 21, 2008

    I believe that SEANC was trying to get names of the folks that Moore hired as investment fund managers. It seemed that they were the same people who contributed lots of money to Moore's campaign.

  • bpjamesncsu Jul 21, 2008

    He provided over 2,000 pages of records, and minutes of each Board of Trustees meeting should be publically available. Seems pretty open to me, unless there's something I don't know.

  • superman Jul 21, 2008

    There are not many cards you can play today. Either the race card or politically motivated card. Both of them seem to be well worn. And by the way--state employees have a right to know what he is doing with their money-- Public records are public records-- God Bless you too!

  • Adelinthe Jul 21, 2008

    Well, that was a waste of time, taxpayer's money and pension plan funds. sheesh

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • mramorak Jul 21, 2008