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Florida workers' comp rate hike backed by appeals court

Rejecting arguments that Florida’s Sunshine Law was violated, an appeals court Tuesday upheld a 14.5 percent increase in workers’ compensation insurance rates that began to hit businesses in December.

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal, in a 19-page decision, overturned a Leon County circuit judge’s ruling that would have invalidated the closely watched rate hike.

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