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Published: Friday, 1/2/2009

State sues Toledo Storm over workers compensation taxes

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation filed a civil complaint in Lucas County Common Pleas Court Friday, claiming that Toledo Storm Hockey LLC owes thousands of dollars in workers compensation taxes.

The complaint said that the defunct Storm owed $21,681.91, which included a $225 fee for the cost of action. It did not say for which time period the money is owed.

State law requires employers pay into the workers compensation fund based on the number of employees and the type of work performed. If businesses fail to pay the tax, they can be billed and eventually sued.

The Toledo Storm operated as the city s minor-league hockey franchise, occupying the former Toledo Sports Arena from 1991 to the spring of 2007.

Since then, a not-for-profit organization created by the Toledo Mud Hens has acquired the rights to the Storm. The case was assigned to Judge James Bates.

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