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Tue November 26, 2013

State High Court To Hear Workers' Compensation Lawsuit

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of Oklahoma's new workers' compensation law.

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The high court on Monday scheduled arguments for 9 a.m. Dec. 10 in the lawsuit filed by state Sen. Harry Coates of Seminole, Rep. Emily Virgin of Norman and the Professional Firefighters of Oklahoma.

Legislation to overhaul the workers' compensation system was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin in May. It was a top priority for Republicans who say the previous system was a detriment to business and industry.

Among other things, the law changes Oklahoma's court-based system to an administrative one. Supporters say the change will dramatically reduce workers' compensation costs to businesses. Opponents say cost savings will come at the expense of injured workers.

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