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Judge certifies class action in Deere lawsuit

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- A lawsuit against Deere & Co. which started with a small group of retirees is now a class action suit.

The judge ruled last month that two of the four counts should be certified as "class Action" in the lawsuit filed by the Flex Retirees Organization against the Moline, Ill.-based company.

The retirees claim Deere changed its benefits package last year and "eliminated, reduced and dramatically altered" them.  The retirees want to have the previous benefits restored.

Deere has said the changes improve retiree benefits.

The judge certified the class action status on two counts. The first alleges that Deere violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and terms of the plans. In the other, the plaintiffs allege Deere violated disclosure and claims procedure requirements and other regulations.

Trial was scheduled for Sept. 21 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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