Cleveland (AP) -- An Ohio judge has blocked the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation from setting job-injury insurance rates while several business owners' lawsuit moves forward.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Richard McMonagle granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday, saying a new rating plan must be put in place for policies that begin July 1, 2009. He says the Bureau must enact a system that uses a "retrospective rating."
Attorneys for the small business owners argued that the Bureau wrongly tries to anticipate injuries that will happen in the coming year when setting rates.
The Bureau's system covers about 270,000 employers and in 2007 paid almost $2 billion in benefits to workers for on-the-job injuries.
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