Many in the employment law field didn't think the overtime rule would be blocked by Judge Amos Mazzant III, an Obama appointee. (Photo: AP)

(Bloomberg) — An Obama administration policy that would have given more white-collar workers overtime starting Dec. 1 was thrown out by a federal judge.

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

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