A February 11 trial in the lawsuit aimed at returning Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retirees to University of California healthcare programs has been postponed to May 6 while the two sides engage in face-to-face discussions.

The discussions are taking place under the supervision of Maria-Elena James, a retired judge. Neither party was able to comment on the discussions.

UC healthcare benefits were available to LLNL retirees from 1961, when the University’s Board of Regents authorized them for both employees and retirees, until 2008, shortly after a for-profit consortium took over as manager.

The retirees considered the loss of UC healthcare to be a violation of promises made during their careers at the Laboratory -- promises on which some of them based career decisions. In 2010, they filed a lawsuit which became a class action four years later.