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The Oklahoma “opt-out” system is facing significant challenges once again, as that state’s Supreme Court announced that it will allow numerous amicus briefs in the high profile Vasquez case from industry and workers’ comp experts. The movement against opt out is spearheaded by Bob Burke, an Oklahoma City-based attorney representing claimants. Burke and his client Jonnie Yvonne Vasquez (who suffered a spine injury while working for Dillard’s) have already won the first round – the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission found in February that opt-out violated principles of equal protection, as Vasquez’s treatment under the Dillard’s opt-out plan was not equivalent to an employee’s rights under the ordinary system.

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