Court: Ohio overcharged employers for years

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The director of the state insurance fund for injured workers says he's disappointed with an appeals court decision that says the fund overcharged employers by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Steve Buehrer (BYUR'-er), Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation administrator and CEO, says the agency is considering its options.

Buehrer said Friday he's pleased the court recognized that many businesses benefited from a program that put companies in group rating plans.

The 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals on Thursday called the plans an illegal rating system that resulted in employers being overcharged nearly $860 million over several years.

The court's unanimous ruling affects about 270,000 mostly small-business owners who were allegedly charged unfair premiums from July 2001 to June 2009.

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