Missouri judge blocks firing of 3 administrative law judges

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 | 4:44 p.m. CDT; updated 4:57 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 9, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri judge has blocked the firing of three administrative law judges who decide workers' compensation cases.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem issued a permanent injunction Wednesday that bars the firing of the three judges. The order also prohibits the state from retaliating against the judges and orders the state to pay their legal fees.

Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has said the three judges were dismissed because of budget cuts approved by the legislature.

An attorney for the three administrative law judges called the injunction a complete victory. Spokeswomen for the attorney general's office and the state Labor Department had no immediate comment.


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