Posted on January 6, 2017 by By Carol Hartzog Communications

Editor’s note: The following article was published in Jan. 6 editions of The Oklahoman

By Richard Mize
Copyright © 2016, The Oklahoma Publishing Co.

The National Association of Home Builders sued the U.S. Department of Labor over a new workplace rule in federal court in Oklahoma City because it's a friendly venue, a state co-plaintiff said.

"It was filed here, quite frankly, due to the conservative nature of our district courts and the particular circuit we are in," said Mike Means, executive vice president of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association.

The national and state builder groups, the U.S. and state chambers of commerce, the National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association filed the lawsuit Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

The lawsuit claims the OSHA had no authority to issue the rule, called “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.” The rule violates the defendants' rights under the ... read the article at


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