An Obama administration policy that would have given morewhite-collar workers overtime starting Dec. 1 was blockednationwide by a federal judge in Texas.

The decision Tuesday is a victory for 21 states and dozens ofbusiness groups that sued, complaining the new rule would increasegovernment costs in their states by $115 million next year aloneand would put private employers on the hook for millions of dollarsmore, possibly leading to layoffs.

It's the fourth time in 21 months that a federal judge in Texashas issued a nationwide injunction blocking one of President BarackObama's executive orders. Other stalled Obama initiatives involveshielding undocumented immigrants from deportation, mandatingbathroom access for transgender students, and requiringlabor-violation disclosures by federal contractors.

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