Missouri Supreme Court rejects challenge to workers' law

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 | 12:06 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY —Missouri's Supreme Court largely rejected labor union challenges to a 2005 workers' compensation law Tuesday. The court did, however, widen the interpretation of "accidental injury."

Business groups also are claiming victory, because the Supreme Court did not declare the law unconstitutional.

But a plurality of the court ruled for unions on one count. It said people excluded from the workers' compensation system because of a narrower definition of "accidental injury" now could sue their employers in court.

An attorney for the unions, Alan Mandel, says the ruling tore a huge hole in the workers' compensation law and will open "the floodgates of litigation."

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