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Detroit Free Press/News, MLive, Michigan Radio, Feature Lord in UIA Update

[caption id="attachment_1744" align="alignleft" width="300"]PMP&R Attorney Jennifer Lord PMP&R Attorney Jennifer Lord[/caption] From the Detroit Free Press Michigan residents who say the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has put them through hell sat in a Detroit courtroom Friday and struggled to understand highly technical legal arguments that will determine whether they can seek damages against the state. Over a two-year period, the state falsely accused at least 20,000 --- and possibly more than 40,000 --- unemployment insurance claimants of committing fraud, after a $47-million computer system was allowed to run amok without human supervision. The agency has apologized, but is also pleading governmental immunity as it tries to block a class action by former claimants who suffered highest-in-the-nation quadruple penalties and aggressive collection techniques, such as wage garnishment and seizure of income tax refunds. If the harm didn't happen until the state seized money from the claimants, as Royal Oak attorney Jennifer Lord argues on behalf of the plaintiffs, then the lawsuit can proceed. Karl Williams of Lansing, who was accused of fraudulently receiving $9,000 in benefits and since has paid more than $50,000 to the state, said it's "complete garbage" that the state is fighting the lawsuit on technicalities. Lord said the case is "a rare example where a government basically committed theft against its own citizens" and made "millions and millions and millions of dollars" through what became "a cash cow." Read the Entire Free Press Story Here Hear and Read Michigan Radio Coverage Here Read Detroit News Coverage Here Read MLive Coverage Here  

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.