Ohio overcharged about 270,000 businesses for workers’ compensation premiums and must repay them, a Cleveland judge said.
It’s a ruling could that cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation plans to appeal the Friday decision.
A group of mostly small businesses sued Ohio in 2007 for $1.3 billion, saying that they paid too much for their workers’ compensation premiums between 2001 and 2008.
Cuyahoga County Judge Richard McMonagle agreed but has asked the group to lower their monetary request because they are not owed interest on the premiums.
“It will be something less than a billion dollars, but still a substantial amount of money,” said Jim DeRoche, plaintiff’s attorney.