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Hearing Officer Abused Discretion in Conflict-of-Interest Finding

By Emily Brill (Reporter)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 | 555 | 0 | 0 min read

Ohio Industrial Commission hearing officers are free to reject the opinions of job-retraining specialists, but one officer went too far when he dismissed a specialist’s entire report without considering its merits because he thought she had a conflict of interest, the Ohio Supreme Court decided Thursday. The high court didn’t agree that Khanisha McCoy had a conflict of interest and said the hearing officer had abused his discretion by dismissing her report on this basis. The court remanded Lloyd Gulley’s application for permanent total disability benefits to the Indust...

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