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Missouri comp reform law upheld


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.--A state judge has upheld a workers compensation reform law supported by employers and adopted by Missouri lawmakers in 2005.

Among other changes, the law modified the definition of a compensable accident to include events where work is the "prevailing" factor contributing to an injury instead of a "substantial" factor.

Labor groups across the state challenged the law in court by claiming that the law is so unjust that the workers compensation system should no longer provide an exclusive remedy.

A Cole County judge, however, disagreed and upheld the law Tuesday.