Judge Awards Ohio Employers $860M For Overcharges

A Northeast Ohio judge rules Ohio employers are collectively owed millions after being overcharged for nearly a decade by Ohio's insurance fund for injured workers.(Photo: S. Falcow (Flickr))
A Northeast Ohio judge rules Ohio employers are collectively owed millions after being overcharged for nearly a decade by Ohio's insurance fund for injured workers.(Photo: S. Falcow (Flickr))

A Cleveland judge has ruled Ohio employers are collectively owed $860 million after being overcharged for nearly a decade by Ohio’s insurance fund for injured workers.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Richard McMonagle’s Wednesday ruling involving the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation affects about 270,000 mostly small-business owners. Many are unaware they’re covered by the class action.

An employers’ organization Pay Us Back Ohio BWC has set up an informational web site, www.PayNowBWC.com, with an employer search feature.

McMonagle ruled in favor of the business owners in December, agreeing they had paid unfair premiums from July 2001 to June 2009, when a new fee structure was put in place. The amount to be returned has been argued since then.

The bureau plans to appeal.

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