NEW ORLEANS - Retirees on June 6 gave notice of their intent to appeal to the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals a ruling dismissing their claims that they were wrongfully denied benefits owed them under their employee welfare plan in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act because the plan was exempt from ERISA as a governmental plan (Mary Smith, et al. v. Regional Transit Authority, et al., No. 2:12-cv-03059, E.D. La.).