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Crain's Detroit Business Discusses UIA Suit with Lord

From Crain's Detroit Business, Dec. 6 in a story by Chad Halcom

About three years ago, the state launched its Michigan Integrated Data Automated System, which is able to cross-check benefit claimants against other computer records and flag events that might disqualify someone from benefits: obtaining a new job, being dead, having other benefits or a misreported cause of separation.

The new system has spurred thousands of new fraud investigations and curtailed overpayments, but is sometimes controversial and now faces a possible class-action lawsuit.

Jennifer Lord, an attorney at Pitt, McGehee, Palmer & Rivers PC in Royal Oak, is leading a potential class-action lawsuit against UIA in theMichigan Court of Claims, on behalf of unemployment claimants who lost benefits without the chance to make a case for themselves to the agency.

"In some cases once a determination is made, an automatic penalty four times the payment sum is imposed," she said. "Even if someone collected $5,000 in benefits, they can get garnished to the tune of $20,000, without even knowing what happened or being able to present a case to anyone."

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M. Pitt Cited in MLive Report on Midland Area Couple's Claim Filed Against the Federal Energy Resource Commission in Edenville Dam Collapse

Michael Pitt was quoted in MLive coverage of the claim filed against the Federal Energy Commission by a Midland Couple for property and personal damages caused by flooding after the collapse of the Edenville Dam in May 2020. The firm is representing Dan and Cathy Miller and filed a $1.25 million claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Read entire article here.

Midland Daily News -- "Lawsuit Blames State Agencies for Dam Failures"

Mike Pitt, Ted Leopold and Paul Stephen were referenced as plaintiffs' attorneys in a Midland Daily News report on the lawsuit filed June 25 in the Michigan Court of Claims. The coverage notes that the suit's 15 plaintiffs owned property and homes which were damaged or destroyed in the May 19 Midland area flooding caused by the collapse of the Edenville Dam. Read full article here.