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Ohio workers comp bureau refunds $255 million to overcharged employers


The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation on Friday said it has paid a total of $255 million to employers who were overcharged for their workers comp insurance premiums.

In San Allen Inc. v. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, the bureau — Ohio's monopoly workers comp insurer — in March 2013 was found to have overcharged certain private employers in the state for premiums paid between 2001 and 2008.

After being ordered to pay back $895 million, the bureau appealed and lessened the payout to $650 million. The bureau then appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court in June 2014 in hopes of reversing the judgment. In July 2014, both parties agreed to settle for $420 million, according to court records.

A BWC spokeswoman said Friday that 24,140 checks totaling $255 million were mailed to employers on June 29.

At the request of bureau Administrator and CEO Stephen Buehrer, the Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the state's appeal, the spokeswoman said.

More than $137 million was paid to attorneys, and about $25 million will remain in the State Insurance Fund, she added.

According to a Thursday report by the Associated Press, “many small-business operators who could've benefited from the agreement were unaware they were covered.”

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