(WHBC) – The latest court decision in the long legal battle by Hoover Company retirees to secure Whirlpool-supported medical benefits for life goes against the former employees.

A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-to-1 that the retirees are not entitled to the benefits.

That comes after a Youngstown-based federal judge ruled in their favor in 2014.

The IBEW members sued in 2011 when Whirlpool offered a fixed payment each month.

Lawyers for the retirees may file to have the entire 6th Circuit make a ruling on the issue, meaning the 8-year-long legal battle could continue.