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Detroit Free Press, News Cover Lord UIA Filing to Block State from Taking $10m

From the Detroit Free Press LANSING --- A judge should block the State of Michigan from taking $10 million from an Unemployment Insurance Agency fund to balance the state budget until refunds are paid to tens of thousands of residents falsely accused of unemployment insurance fraud, a lawyer says in a court filing. Jennifer Lord, a Royal Oak attorney representing wrongly accused unemployment insurance claimants, also said in the filing with the Michigan Court of Claims that the state is continuing aggressive collection techniques against some of her clients --- including wage garnishes and seizure of income tax refunds --- despite a federal judge's cease and desist order. She wants a state order to enforce the federal order. A hearing on the two requests is set for Thursday in Detroit in front of Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens. Lord estimates the state could owe more than $500 million to claimants wrongly accused of fraud and said "the fund assets must be preserved because it is likely that the fund will contain less money than will be required to reimburse UIA claimants." "The number of wrongful seizure claims is astounding," and "the experience of lead plaintiff Jason Doss is illustrative of the experience of thousands of ... claimants whose property was seized by the state without due process," Lord said in a court filing. You can read the entire Free Press article here. You can read the Detroit News Coverage here.

Morris Dees Honored as Champion of Justice by MCHR

The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) recognized the lifetime efforts of iconic civil rights attorney Morris Dees at its recent annual dinner held at Marygrove College in Detroit. Cary McGehee, firm co-founder and longtime MCHR Chair,...

Renowned Attorney Morris Dees Honored by MCHR

Cary McGehee presents Champion of Justice Award to Morris Dees at MCHR annual dinner.[/caption] The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) recognized the lifetime efforts of iconic civil rights attorney Morris Dees at its recent annual dinner...

Channing Robinson-Holmes Joins Firm as Attorney

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UIA Fraud Class-Action Continues to Gain Steam

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PMP&R Host Flint Water Community Information Meeting

On April 24, 2017, the Flint Water Class Action Legal Team held an informational meeting for the Flint community at Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ in Flint. Throughout the night, Flint residents and other attendees spoke with...

NewsChannel 3 Discusses UIA Fraud with Lord

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Pitt Awarded Distinguished Service Award by State Bar

From Detroit Legal News Michael Pitt has been selected for the 2017 Distinguished Service Award by the State Bar of Michigan's Labor & Employment Section. Pitt is co-founding partner of Royal Oak-based Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, one of...

The Bridge Looks at UIA Fraud and Cites Lord

From the Bridge - the Center for Michigan February 7, 2917 A few days after a federal judge issued a Jan. 11 order commanding the state to “suspend all collection activity” against thousands of Michigan workers tagged with unemployment fraud,...