Court dismisses case over the early cut-off of COVID benefits

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Mike DeWine’s authority to end Ohio’s participation in a federal pandemic unemployment aid program.

The court’s unanimous decision on Tuesday calls the case “moot.”

At issue before the court was a weekly $300 federal payment for Ohioans to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The federal government ended that program in September, but DeWine stopped those payments in June 2021.

DeWine at the time said the need for the payments was over, siding with many business groups.

Ending the program early stopped about $900 million in Ohio payments.